|Drew Pomeranz: Potential Trade Target?|
Pomeranz was a top 10 draft pick back in 2009 and rose quickly through the Indians system before being dealt to the Colorado Rockies as part of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. Coming into the 2012 season, Pomeranz was a top 25 prospect, and although he struggled in a half season stint (posting a 4.49 xFIP), he showed a good strikeout rate and the promise that earned him a label as a safe starter with #2 upside.
If the Pirates were to deal for him, he would be under contract in Pittsburgh through 2018. A starter with his upside and team control would be fairly expensive, but something the Pirates could handle. A package of Nick Kingham, Willy Garcia, Drew Maggi, and Jason Creasy could probably bring back Pomeranz. I believe that would be a good price for the Pirates to pay.
This is a bit of a weird trade target because D'Arnaud hasn't even played in the major leagues and is a top prospect. However, the Blue Jays just made a blockbuster trade with the Marlins and it displayed a win-now mentality. The trade also brought back John Buck, meaning the Blue Jays have starting catcher J.P. Arencibia and Buck to back him up. The Blue Jays may be willing to take Hanrahan and prospects back, say Josh Bell and Zack Von Rosenberg, for D'Arnaud.
In return, the Pirates would get a catcher that could start opening day and remain their starter at catcher for the next six years. D'Arnaud has overall all-star potential, with an ability to hit for average, get on-base, and hit for power. In addition, he's a more than adequate defensive catcher. In fact, D'Arnaud could become the best catcher in baseball in the next few years and no one would be surprised. That could be massive for the Pirates while Andrew McCutchen is still in town. As a bonus, D'Arnaud would get to reunite with his brother, Pirates shortstop Chase D'Arnuad.
The absolute grand prize. If Justin Upton makes Pirates fans drool, then Stanton should make the drool double. Santon is already the best power hitter in the game and he's only turned 23 in early November. In addition to having prodigious pop, Stanton is able to also hit for solid average and get on-base. In the field, he's above adequate in right field. If he came to Pittsburgh, he'd be a beast in the middle-of-the-order with McCutchen for the next 4 years.
Stanton is pissed at the Marlins fire sale and his attitude might make him the next victim. The Pirates would have to pay significantly to get Stanton in prospects. A package like Alex Presley, Jeff Locke, Josh Bell, Luis Heredia, Barrett Barnes, and Adalberto Santos could be enough for Stanton. Even adding more would be acceptable, as long as the Pirates can keep Cole, Marte, Taillon, Polanco, and Hanson, a group of players that could make an impact in 2014-2016, when the Pirates will also have Alvarez, Walker, Locke, McPherson, Tabata, and Marte in addition to McCutchen and Stanton. The Marlins might be amenable to this as they are clearly playing for the future and a package centered around Bell, Heredia, and Barnes would fit well with Nicolino, Marisnick, and other prospects they just received.