It is an unbelievable feeling expecting to win every game.
I’m not upset at all that the Pirates couldn’t sign Mark Appel. I don’t wish Appel to get injured, but…. I won’t feel sorry for him if he does. I’m proud the Bucs didn’t mortgage the future to sign him.
Speaking of mortgaging the future. I take that as a sign they won’t do it in making any trades. That means you won’t see Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, or Luis Heredia traded. I doubt Starlin Marte, Robbie Grossman, Kyle McPherson, or Josh Bell either.
You might see one of the players I doubt actually being traded if they get someone like Justin Upton who they could keep hold of for multiple seasons. But, I don’t see this trade getting done.
If they do get Upton, I think it has as much to do with solidifying the OF defense without a drop-off offensively and strengthening the bench (Drew Sutton/Alex Presley moving there) as anything else.
I don’t care whether the Bucs make a trade or don’t make a trade. I only care that if they do make a trade that it is a good one. Trades are always about looking at the big picture and improving your team with short term and long term considerations.
Neil Walker has been looking like one of the best second baseman in baseball.