Presented without commentary below are the 61 trades I have recorded that Neal Huntington has made during his tenure as the Pirates GM. I’m not going to give an opinion on them but rather I figured I’d share my records, see if there is anything I missed that someone wants to share with me and let everyone else form their own opinions. A few notes first though. Some of these deals in addition to the players listed also included cash but I have not bothered to list cash given or received by the Pirates in any deal. The term NA appears pretty frequently and it essentially means Not Available or Not Announced. Basically that half of the trade is unknown to me and in most cases it was likely just a small amount of cash. The trades are roughly ordered according to the order they were made but may not be exact as I only use the month and the year to keep track of them. Apologies for the format not looking the best but its the best I could do.
|Salomon Torres||for||Marino Salas, Kevin Roberts|
|Todd Redmond||for||Tyler Yates|
|Kyle Pearson||for||Denny Bautista|
|Jason Bay||for||Andy LaRoche, Bryan Morris, Brandon Moss, Craig Hansen|
|Xavier Nady, Damaso Marte||for||Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf, Daniel McCutchen|
|Jose Bautista||for||Robinson Diaz|
|Ronnie Paulino||for||Jason Jaramillo|
|Erik Krebs||for||Delwyn Young|
|Romulo Sanchez||for||Eric Hacker|
|Eric Hinske||for||Eric Fryer, Casey Erickson|
|Nate McLouth||for||Jeff Locke, Gorkys Hernandez, Charlie Morton|
|Nyjer Morgan, Sean Burnett||for||Lastings Milledge, Joel Hanrahan|
|Adam LaRoche||for||Argenis Diaz, Hunter Strickland|
|Freddy Sanchez||for||Tim Alderson|
|Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow||for||Kevin Hart, Jose Ascanio, Josh Harrison|
|Jack Wilson, Ian Snell||for||Jeff Clement, Ronny Cedeno, Nathan Adcock, Brett Lorin, Aaron Pribanic|
|Jesse Chavez||for||Akinori Iwamura|
|Brian Bixler||for||Jesus Brito|
|Ronald Uviedo||for||Dana Eveland|
|Luke Carlin||for||Adam Davis|
|Javier Lopez||for||John Bowker, Joe Martinez|
|Bobby Crosby, Ryan Church, DJ Carrasco||for||Chris Snyder, Pedro Ciriaco|
|Octavio Dotel||for||James McDonald, Andrew Lambo|
|Zach Duke||for||Cesar Valdez|
|Jim Negrych||for||Carlos Paulino|
|Aaron Baker||for||Derek Lee|
|Matt Diaz||for||Eliecer Cardenas|
|Brooks Pounders, Diego Goris||for||Yamaico Navarro|
|Diego Moreno, Exicardo Cayones||for||AJ Burnett|
|Robbie Grossman, Rudy Owens, Colton Cain||for||Wandy Rodriguez|
|Brad Lincoln||for||Travis Snider|
|Gorkys Hernandez, Comp Pick||for||Gaby Sanchez, Kyle Kaminska|
|Casey McGehee||for||Chad Qualls|
|Kyle Kaminska||for||Zach Stewart|
|Luis Rico, Luis Santos||for||Clint Robinson, Vin Mazzaro|
|Chris Resop||for||Zach Thorton|
|Yamaico Navarro||for||Jhonadeli Medina|
|Ramon Cabrera||for||Andrew Oliver|
|Joel Hanrahan, Brock Holt||for||Mark Melancon, Jerry Sands, Stolmy Pimetel, Ivan De Jesus|
|Quincy Latimore||for||Jeanmar Gomez|
As those of you who have been on this blog a while may know I keep a list of Neal Huntington’s trades. I try my best to keep it fairly complete with any trades of note. Well today I added the Hanrahan deal and also a few of the minor ones this offseason. It is now up to a total of 57 trades. I estimate about half of them to be of insignificant quality (ie both Drew Sutton trades this past season).
Anyway as is my normal way I took a brief glance and wanted to see how many trades I could say had definitely been won or lost by the Pirates. With just a quick glance I came up with 29 trades of insignificant value, some could probably be considered a slight loss, some a slight win but really they weren’t deals of any note. Ten of the remaining 28 I considered to be incomplete right now. Those are the 3 important trades at this past deadline, the 6 this offseason and the newly revived from the L column Adam LaRoche trade (Strickland was added to the 40 man so I’m not ready to call it quite yet). Of the trades made this offseason the only 2 that look of much significance right now are the Ramon Cabrera and Hanrahan deals.
That leaves me with 18. Of those 18 I consider 10 of them to be wins and 8 of them losses. Again this is really subjective. I mean how much of a loss is Jesse Chavez for Akinori Iwamura? How much of a win was Snyder and Ciriaco for Church, Crosby and Carrasco? Probably nearly insignificant either way.
In truth when you get down to it NH trading history and how he is currently viewed is shaped by only 7 deals. They are probably best known as the Bay, Sanchez, Bautista, Nady, McLouth, Dotel and Burnett trades. For a recap of those 7 deals:
Pirates Dealt: Jason Bay, Freddy Sanchez, Jose Bautista, Xavier Nady, Damaso Marte, Nate McLouth, Octavio Dotel, Exicardo Cayones and Diego Moreno
Pirates Received: Andy LaRoche, Bryan Morris, Brandon Moss, Craig Hansen, Tim Alderson, Robinson Diaz, Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf, Daniel McCutchen, Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, Gorkys Hernandez, James McDonald, Andrew Lambo and AJ Burnett
Like it or not when we look at Huntington’s trade record that is essentially what we are dealing with. It may be unfair to lump Bautista in there as his deal at the time it was made was a minor one but it certainly effects the perception of Neal Huntington.
This is only part of how a GM should be evaluated. His drafting, free agent signings and many other aspects also need to be evaluated but when assessing Huntington’s track record on trades there are a bunch of data points one can use but in reality only 7 of them are important to the discussion. How did Huntington fare in those 7 trades? Probably not as well as he should have but not as poorly as a lot of people seem to think. One more thing to keep in mind is that this is incomplete evaluation the 3 trades made at this past deadline and even possibly the Joel Hanrahan trade could sway his record widely in either direction.