PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – MLB Network analyst and former major leaguer Cliff Floyd joined The Fan Morning Show on Friday to talk about the Pirates as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.
“I think they’re good enough,” Floyd said. “I think the deadline is definitely important, because when you look at the team, I’m not sold 100 percent on the starting rotation. I really like the bullpen, I like the offense, but for me the rotation is just — I’m not sold, just not enough experience.”
When asked by Gregg Giannotti if the Pirates are good enough to capitalize on the acquisition of a very high-priced trade target, like David Price and win a pennant, Floyd didn’t mince words.
“Right now you have to do it right now,” Floyd said. “I don’t know how you wait if you’re Neal Huntington. Listen, I know it’s important to look at the future, but prospects are prospects. You never know what they’re going to be.”
“But for me, the window of opportunity to win is always that much more important to me,” he continues. “Because as players in the locker room, you want to be able to say, hey, we were very close, but we didn’t have this. You want the players to end the season on a high note every year. And the way the Pirates have fought back, if you have an opportunity, you go for it. That’s how I look at it. I’m not saying go crazy, I’m saying if you have the opportunity like the Pirates have right now, that you can pull off something where you can give up some prospects to Tampa to bring in a big name like David Price, I believe you go all in.”
The interview can be heard here: