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Albert Chen
April 05, 2004
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Pirates
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April 05, 2004

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Pirates

"I feel for general manager Dave Littlefield. They're not drawing, and their budget is low, There's no way they can afford to keep Kris Benson and Jason Kendall; the key in trading them will be to get back three to four major-league-caliber players....

Everyone would love to have Benson, who can be a top-of-the-rotation guy. Kendall used to be good defensively, but injuries have affected his footwork. There'd be a bigger market for him if he weren't so highly paid [$42 million over the next four years]....

With a sharp breaking ball and a slurvy slider, Oliver Perez has been lights out this spring and has the ability to be an ace. Jose Mesa will qualify for his AARP card pretty soon, but he still throws hard....

They're awful at second base, where Bobby Hill will hold the job until Freddy Sanchez's ankle injury heals. Hill should be ranked 30th among the 30 starters there....

They needed a home run threat, so they got Raul Mondesi, who'll play hard....

Tike Redman is listed at 5'11", and if he's 5'11", I'm 6'8". He'll need to steal 40 bases for them to score any runs."