First Pitch: Looking at Potential Trade Partners with Prospects to Spare

With the MLB Winter Meetings coming up and and the inevitable trade rumors that swirl during the meetings, I thought this article from MLB Pipeline would be good for the dreamers here to discuss this morning, hoping that the Pittsburgh Pirates pull off something big. I don’t expect them to be strengthening the 2021 club because their strength right now is lower level prospects, most of them more than a year away from the majors. However, that linked article is perfect for what I think that they will try to do during the meetings. Pipeline takes a look at ten teams that could contend in 2021 and they have the prospects to include in trades to help strengthen their club.

The Pirates have some players with limited control left who have trade value, such as Joe Musgrove, Josh Bell and Adam Frazier. I’m not going to give any guesses as to who they could bring back because I have no insight into a possible trade partner. That doesn’t mean that you can’t do that though, especially with Pipeline providing a list of potential places that work for both the Pirates and the teams in need (The Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays are two of the teams listed, so it’s not all fringe playoff teams).

All of the teams listed have multiple top 100 prospects except the Washington Nationals, who Pipeline feels that they could try to pull off a big move to help their chances like they did back in 2016 when they acquired Adam Eaton. He was a big part of their 2019 World Series winning team, so they shouldn’t be reluctant to give up their best prospects again for another push.

** There will be news today as clubs need to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players by today. We will have something up after announcements are made. Wilbur Miller looked at those decisions in yesterday’s First Pitch article.

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Last week we finalized the top 50 prospects for the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Prospect Guide. The final edits and roster moves are being made to the book now, and it will be sent to print at the start of December.

This has been a strange year for the Prospect Guide, especially regarding getting information on players during a year when there was no minor league baseball. Rather than releasing what we knew on each player at the end of last year, we worked to get new information on everyone in the top 50, and on as many other players as possible. The result will be the most comprehensive source of information on the Pirates’ farm system, with our exclusive rankings, grades, and reports on every player in the organization.

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