One player with value around the league, most notably from AL teams is Pirates outfielder/first baseman Garrett Jones.
The LA Angels made a strong play to acquire Jones at the 2010 Trade Deadline but were turned down by the Pirates and reportedly have made yet another attempt to acquire Jones who is second on the Pirates with 9 home runs.
According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Pirates and Angels were previously engaged in “serious” talks about a trade that would have sent Jones to LA in ex-change for catcher Jeff Mathis.
The deal reportedly broke down after the Pirates backed out of the deal.
GM Neal Huntington deserves credit for not jumping the gun at the catching position and making a bad baseball trade for a need. This trade would have been one.
Mathis, 28, is a career .199 hitter and is batting .195 with 2 home runs and 12 RBI’s this season.