Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/20/14
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Jim Bowden of ESPN has some trade buzz from the All-Star week, and has the Pittsburgh Pirates included in a rumor. Unlike Bowden’s trade ideas, these are actual rumors based on what Bowden has heard. He says the Minnesota Twins are prepared to trade Justin Morneau, and has the Pirates as one of the teams rumored as a possible destination. He also lists the Yankees and Rays as possibilities. To get an idea of what Morneau would be worth, let’s take a look at his trade value. NOTE: The purpose here isn’t to suggest the Pirates are offering this amount for these players.  The purpose is to see the value of these players, using projected values (calculated as [(WAR*$5 M) - Salary]) and prospect trade values. We use our updated values for top 100 prospects, and Victor Wang’s research on prospect values for non-top 100 prospects. Justin Morneau Trade Value Year Salary WAR FA Value Surplus Value 2013 $14,000,000 1.2 $6,200,000 ($2,600,000) Finding the Value: Giving Morneau a 1.2 WA...
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