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Yesterday in the Sporting News, Ken Rosenthal notes the Nationals could pursue a trade with the Marlins for Juan Pierre. The real news for Redbird Nation is that Pierre, 28, is potentially available for trade. He plays center field, and you may have heard, the Cards do have a guy at that position. However, would he be willing to patrol the grass in right or left for two or three seasons in St. Louis? He slumped last season, but if baserunning is the new black, Pierre is Coco Chanel. Quick glance at his stats (he's a lefty): COL 2001: .327 /.378 /.415 108 runs, 46 SB, EqA .257, WARP3 4.4 COL 2002: .287 /.332/.343 90 runs, 47 SB, EqA .235, WARP3 3.2 FLA 2003: .305/.361/.373 100 runs, 65 SB, EqA .272, WARP3 4.9 FLA 2004: .326/.374/.407 100 runs, 45 SB, EqA .275, WARP3 5.5 FLA 2005: .276/.326/.354 96 runs, 57 SB, EqA .257, WARP3 4.3 See more of his stats here. He's definitely not a power bat, but he gets the hits, collecting over 200 hits 3 out of 5 full seasons. In the lineup, Pierre leads off, Eck bats second, with his high average for runners in scoring position, and Albert never has to worry about the RBI category in any triple crown race. Think of it this way, remember all those innings in the NLCS where the Cards' bats left Albert leading off innings? Pierre and Eck as 1, 2 OBP punch topping out the order makes that scenario much less likely. Of course, LaRussa's propensity for aging sluggers in the two slot makes this move even more unlikely. Pierre made $3.7 million this year, and might get a deal after a slump last season. Just a thought, if he is on the block, teams like the Mets, Yanks, and BoSox could be in hot pursuit. Presumably, Florida would want pitching as part of it since they'll be loosing Burnett. Marquis in Marlin green? Sounds like a good match to me, maybe throw in another minor player/prospect. Just a thought.
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Pierre would have to play left... he couldn't throw me out, and I've got an artificial knee! I'd like having him, but I don't think there's much chance of getting him.
 
no probably not, but just getting a good hitter like that would be great. I wish Carl Crawford was an option... if wishes were horses though, right.
 
You guys are nuts. Pierre might be the most overrated player in baseball. Seriously, all of those hits are singles, he doesn't walk much, and for the love of god, he doesn't even steal bases all that well. Check out these caught stealing numbers for the past three seasons: 20, 24, 17. Yikes. Do we really need a slap-hitting corner outfielder with no arm who runs himself into too many outs on the basepaths, and rarely walks to boot? Sounds like an offensive cipher to me. I'd take my chances with a much cheaper fat guy who has the chance to put the ball in the seats from time to time. And to trade a live arm for an expensive, overrated player like Pierre? That's a very bad idea.
 
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no way, he's not overrated, until someone pays him $10 mil...then he's overrated. Pierre adjusted from the slap singles last year, taking more stuff inside and getting more hits between second and first. he goes hard in the OF, making up for his weak arm to some extent.
 
I agree with the Pierre is overrated folks...Last I checked we had a good lead off guy, and as Pierre is overrated, it would take more then JM and a prospect from out paltry farm system to move him.

Look for him in Cubbie blue next year....
 
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