Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Red Sox Could Reap OF Windfall In Pirate Trade

Bell, Ramirez, Meadows
One of the teams reportedly interested in trading for Jon Lester is the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Buccos are currently just two games behind division-leading Milwaukee and could use a veteran stud in its generally mediocre rotation. With the inconsistent Gerrit Cole still recovering from injury, the BrewCrew currently features the following starters: Charlie Morton, Edinson Volquez, Jeff Locke, Francisco Liriano and a suddenly resurgent Vance Worley. Do you think Lester might help out here? What's really intriguing is the trio of elite outfield prospects the Pirates could send to Boston—Josh Bell, Harold Ramirez and Austin Meadows. Bell is hitting .321 at two different minor league levels this year; Ramirez is hitting .309 at High A; Meadows is hitting .360 in High A. All three are effectively blocked by the trio of quality players already in the Pirate outfield: Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte. All three of these players are under team financial control until 2018. A match made in heaven, right? The Pirates need pitching help, the Red Sox need outfield options.