Sunday, November 22, 2009

Looking Ahead to 2010

This will probably be one of my rare off-season posts for quite some time...probably until PiratesFest in January. I don't find much to be excited about early in the off-season, especially nothing that would excite me enough to sit down and write on this wretched blog. If I'm going to waste hours upon hours of time in front of my desktop computer, I'd rather waste it ripping CDs and organizing my digital music (legal and illegal) collection.

Only two really noteworthy things have happened, in my opinion, this off-season: 1. Jesse Chavez was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for Akinori Iwamura, a second baseman and 2. Jeff Karstens was designated for assignment and replaced by Seattle Mariners pitcher Chris Jakubauskas, whom I will be referring to as "Jaku" from here on out.

For as much as I was a mark for Jesse Chavez, the trade with the Rays was good for the Pirates, only because the team was in dire need of a second baseman. I felt Delwyn Young was decent at second, but he's much better as a bench player. There is no way Andy LaRoche, who finally was coming into his own this past season at third, would have been good enough for second. I predict 2010 will be LaRoche's big break out year. He will be our third baseman of the future too.

I was also disappointed to see Karstens go. I understand the reasoning behind it, and from what I've read, Jaku will be a suitable replacement for him.

Well...there really isn't much else for me to say right now. I suppose I'll be back in 2010, unless something huuuuuuuuuge happens between now and then. Have a great holiday season!

Let's Go Bucs!

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