Pirates should be cautious on dealing Giles
Updated: June 24, 2003, 11:30 AM ETBy Jim Baker
On Monday, we linked you to a story by Dan Graziano of the Newark Star-Ledger that cited anonymous sources who say the Pirates and Yankees have had several trade discussions centered around struggling pitcher Jeff Weaver. As is usually the case where the Pirates are concerned, the name Brian Giles surfaced. While there is no actual evidence that a swap involving both Giles and Weaver is in the works, it has been no secret that the Yankees have had Giles envy in recent years. The possibility that the Pirates would consider trading Giles inspired a lot of mail. That it would be to the Yankees was especially galling to this reader:
- Jim: If the Pirates trade Giles to the Yanks or any
team for that matter, it shows the simple fact that
Pittsburgh has no desire to win. I hate the Yankees
more than anyone, but having a team like the Pirates
trade their star to the Yankees would not only
infuriate me, but it would support the notion that
rebuilding requires being at the top at some point.
As you pointed out, an all-star quality player like
Giles, making over $7 million per year is a GM's dream
and trading this guy to acquire a sub-par pitcher is
absurd. Get some players and attempt to be a
contender and stop this effort to dump salary
and hope that young, inexperienced players win titles.
If Pittsburgh trades Giles to the Yanks, I will hate
both teams equally. However, if Boston gets him....
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