Last week, I made a series of predictions regarding the direction GM Neal Huntington and his Pittsburgh Pirates would take with the approaching trade deadline. I am here to report that I nailed exactly two of six predictions, and one of them involved a player who stayed put and was not even mentioned in trade rumors. That's like making a prediction that "No, in fact Albert Pujols will not be traded before the deadline." Brilliant!
Here's my scorecard:
- Damaso Marte: I predicted he'd be a Met, he's now a Yankee. FAIL
- John Grabow: I predicted he'd be a Ray, he's still a Pirate. FAIL
- Jack Wilson: I predicted he'd stay a Pirate, and he still is! WHEE
- Xavier Nady: I predicted he'd be a Met, he's now a Yankee. FAIL
- Jason Bay: I predicted he'd stay a Pirate, he's now a Red Sock. FAIL
- Freddy Sanchez: I predicted he'd stay a Pirate and he still is because who'd want him? WHEE
Kudos to GM Neal for making some good, solid, future-building trades. Andy La Roche can and should be immediately handed the third base job and the team should bring up Andrew McCutchen to roam centerfield at PNC park. Heck, they could even let CTC favorite Craig Hansen be the consarned closer, what with the injury to Matt Capps. I give Huntington a B+ for making the moves necessary to restock the Pirates farm system, and I give myself an F minus for shitting the bed on those ill-conceived bets.