All the way back in July of 2020, before the abbreviated season recorded the first pitch baseball began the process of wishful thinking for 2021 by putting out a fully formed schedule complete with 162 games and an April 1st start date.
Yesterday the Cleveland Indians, soon to be Cleveland Something Else, made the entirely expected move of trading Francisco Lindor. Cleveland exploded on their owners the Dolan’s as they moved a cool 40 million plus off their payroll as they also included Carlos Carrasco in exchange for 4 prospects from the New York Mets.
Now, before we dig in on this please don’t confuse this with the team feeling they’re competitive or asking far too much for assets, no, this is more about reading the tea leaves and making some assumptions based on what the market is telling us.
The Calendar turned and no new moves were made to the Pittsburgh Pirates Roster but activity still swirls around the league.
His name has been a popular choice when people talk about the Pirates continuing the rebuild of the system but as we sit here in the middle of the third trade cycle since is it fair to assume nobody is interested?
I probably get asked 20 times a week how many games the Pirates will win next season, most of those come with a prediction of 50 or something outlandish like that.
One of my favorite bands has to be Creedence Clearwater Revival and as such I like a ton of their songs that that you wouldn’t consider the hits. None more than “Someday Never Comes”.
Just about every topic born from 2020’s abbreviated baseball season has been sufficiently qualified with the ever present short sample size qualifier.
Probably the last Five Thoughts of 2020
Let me start by saying this, it’s not all about money. Certainly some of it is but even the Dodgers would take two looks at this roster and turn it over. Now, they wouldn’t go about it in the same way, but they certainly wouldn’t rest on this roster believing they were close.