This news came across right before last night's game started, which means it's a little stale now, but I think it's worth mentioning that Victor Black will go to the Mets as the player to be named in the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade. Black is a really nice relief prospect and he's been mentioned as the "Closer of the Future" for the Pirates, but that means that he's still just a relief prospect. Neal Huntington and his coaching staff have certainly shown a nice aptitude for finding/rescuing right-handed relief pitchers, which means that guys like Black certainly might have more value to other teams than the Pirates, simply because the Pirates shouldn't have a ton of problems finding a guy similar to him to plug into his role.
The reason he had to be named later is that he has to go through waivers as a player on the 40-man roster; if he doesn't clear, the Pirates will pull him back and send him to the Mets as soon as the season ends.
Vic Black? Love him, but bu-bye. Same with Herrera. Where the Bucs are RIGHT NOW is where we would want those guys to take them in the future.
Good move by Huntington. The farm system is strong enough now that he can trade those guys and it is still strong. Hoka-hey.
My feeling about Black is the same as that about Herrera--decent prospect, but far from irreplaceable.
Scott Boras was angling for a twelve year deal for the Bryce Harpers and Mike Trouts of the league. Despite the source, there is something to be said for getting one of those guys locked up through the best years of their career. Would it be in the Pirates best interest to do such a move? If the money was right (a big if) should the Pirates do that for Cutch? Anyone else (none come to mind)?