Pirates To Keep Izturis, Sign Wilson?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

It appears that the Pirates will look to trade Jack Wilson, a move that would allow them to resign Cesar Izturis. Personally, I do not understand the move. Yes, you might be able to acquire some solid prospects in a trade, but why trade away his above average production? Also, Izturis hasn't proved to anyone that he can return from injury which sidelined him 2005 and 2006. He also has had only one good year, and is no longer a running threat. I'm not sure where Izturis will end up, but it should not be the Pirates. In other news, the Pirates are looking into signing Craig Wilson as a bench player. Wilson was traded in 2006 to the Yankees and last year he spent time with the Braves. Bringing him back would be a good move, I think. It is where he is most comfortable and where his most productive years were. He would take a low-based contract, and could turn out to help the team.

Instant Replay Talk: The five teams that voted against it were the Reds, Cubs, Brewers, Astros, and Twins. Interesting that four teams come from the NL Central. Thoughts?


Anonymous 12:39 AM CST  

Although Wilson is due for big money (in Pittsburgh terms) over the next two years, the Bucs can't afford anybody that would be an upgrade at that position and their SS prospect Bixler is probably still a season away from the pros. Resigning Izturis as a utility infielder off the bench would be an OK idea, but Jose Castillo can be brought back for less money to do the same job (and poubt about it all season). Depending on Bixler's progress, I think the Bucs would be wise to hold onto Wilson at least until the All-Star Break to make any deals.