Should The Pirates Trade Top Prospects To Help The Team

What if the Pirates can be helped now and in the future?

Matt Koll
July 23, 2018 - 10:55 am
Chris Archer

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- As Jim Colony likes to say..."Nine in a row, look at 'em go!" 

The Pirates have ripped off nine straight wins going into and out of the All-Star break and are suddenly two games over the .500 mark at 51-49, a mere four games back of the final Wild Card spot in the National League. 

So the question now the Pirates add to this roster to make a push toward the playoffs? If so, what or who do they try to acquire? 

The Fan Morning Show discussed this Monday and Colin Dunlap brought up one name in particular that the Pirates should look into: Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer.

Archer has been semi-linked to the Pirates in the past as being a possible trade piece and is now 29 years old with years of control ahead. He is set to make $6.4 million this year, just over $7.6 million next year, has a $9 million team option for 2020 with a $1.75 million buyout and an $11 million team option for 2021. 

All reasonable numbers for a guy who has posted over 230 strikeouts per season the last three years while eating up at least 200 innings. Colin says that if the Pirates pulled the trigger on an Archer trade, he would immediately become a front-end starter for the team and makes this year's team better. Archer could also make 2019, 2020 and 2021 better with his contract situation. 

In theory, Jim Colony agrees with this but wonders what it would take to land a pitcher like Archer and herein lies the question: If you were GM Neal Huntington, would you be willing to part with top prospects in order to land a guy like Chris Archer? Are we still too afraid to give up prospects in order to bring in MLB-impact talent? Would you trade a combination of Mitch Keller, Ke'Bryan Hayes, Austin Meadows for help now and maybe even for a few years?

Colin said he would trade Meadows if it meant bringing in Archer. He would buy out Corey Dickerson's arbitration for next season to keep him around and hope an outfield prospect would be ready to step in for 2020 if they couldn't keep Dickerson after that. 

Are top prospects still too valuable or is it time to use them as chips to buy in now? Is this team worth adding to? 

You can check out The Fan Morning Show's conversation about it below. 

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