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Because we lost to Houston today…

Posted By David Fulco On Jun 8 2009 @ 4:28 am In Pittsburgh Pirates | No Comments

…more McLouth news!

In what amounts to another bizarre move by Pittsburgh's front office, Pirates GM Neal Huntington wrote an email to Pirates' season ticket holders [1] to explain that the McLouth trade was not motivated by money.

“We have said several times that tough decisions will need to be made as we build and sustain a championship caliber organization,” Huntington wrote. 

What that means in plain speak, is that Huntington didn't think that the Pirates could win this season so he decided to trade his best asset before the season got too widely out of hand.

But the fact that Huntington felt the need to justify his decision in an email, shows what an unpopular move it was.

“Tough decisions are not always popular. However, we have a singular focus on our goal of building an organization that can consistently compete for championships, not simply finish above .500,” Huntington wrote in the email.

I applaud the fact that Huntington is saying openly that they are committed to winning and more importantly competing in the NL Central. But how can a GM who is in charge of a team that ranks 28th in team payroll say that this move wasn't motivated, hoewever slightly, by money? 

And, if a GM is this committed to winning and believed that McCutchen offered the best opportunity to win in the coming years, why not bring him up, have him play Left and see how a McLouth-McCutchen outfield unfolded? Why trade away a number 3 hitter for an unproven minor league prospect? 

There are plenty of scenarios that could have played out before Huntington pulled the trigger on yet another stomach punch trade. And it didn't seem like he was confident enough in himself to give it a whirl.

Now, the Pirates drop two of three to the bottom dwelling Astros and have to travel to – oh poetic justice – Atlanta for a four game series. And guess who will be there to greet them?

Baseball always has a way of working things out don't they?

And Huntington, if McLouth sends one into the upper decks, you'll have a lot more emails to write explaining why.

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