You'll Get Scurvy From Drinking The Pirates' Kool-Aid
The phrase "salary dump" should get it's own trendy structure as prominent as the Clemente Bridge in the beautiful visual landscape presented by PNC Park.
It's a phrase that's become so closely associated with our Pittsburgh Pirates that I'm far getting sick of hearing and using in my vocabulary. It gets beaten into the ground much these days that it's become cliched and while I can't speak on Bob Nutting or Neal Huntington's behalf on what the Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen trades were truly for, there's not a lot of wiggle room for saying the Buccos didn't get a sound return on either.
When you hear "quantity over quality" you're usually shopping at the Dollar Tree, not Macy's. No slight against the Reynolds, the Musgroves, the Cricks or the $500,000 in international bonus pool spaces they're getting, but to say any of them would be comparable to Cutch or Cole as high as ceilings go is down right ludicrous. That's the epitome of "quantity over quality." The Yankees' Todd Frazier would have made an argument for the latter, but in Pirates management form, our beloved brass didn't do that. Let's enter the spin zone...
Which "account" did he take that into, exactly? The one with zeros and dollar signs? Pretty sure that's it, or maybe it's the account of poor baseball IQ? Either do not bode well for season tickets next year. It's one thing if a true play was made for a promising prospect - we're baseball people - give us numbers! Reynolds nor Crick were in the Giants' top three prospects, with a beloved franchise player like Andrew McCutchen a number between 1 and 3 from a consistent postseason contender stacked with talent (who loves their fans, mind you) doesn't seem absolutely unreasonable.
Only thing that's making me say this isn't a total spit-in-the-face of the Bucco fanbase are that favorites like Harrison and Cervelli still exist in Pirate gold, but the offseason is far from over.
Will this potential "salary dump" structure obstruct any scarcity of humanity we'll see crossing the Clemente on game day?
I hope Nutting takes those numbers into account.