Translation: "This was my toughest decision ever...except for when I had to pick between the #2 best seller Pitts-Burgher Cheese Steak or the corned beef at Primanti Brothers."
Huntington: "Tough decisions will need to be made as we build and sustain a championship-caliber organization."
Translation: "Please ignore the fact that I didn't say 'championship-caliber team.' Our team sucks, but our organization rocks! Yeah, making trades!"
Huntington: "When we signed Nate to a long-term contract, we did so with the intent on having him remain part of our core of homegrown talent."
Translation: "[Holding back chuckles...] I almost said that without laughing. Seriously, we signed him so we could trade him. You know how this works by now, don't you?
Huntington: "...the quality and quantity of talent we are receiving in this trade moves us closer to our goal of building that sustainable championship-caliber club."
Translation: "We are getting some guys that won't help us now. In fact, we'll be worse. But we did save some money. Of course, if all three prospects exceed expectations, we may be a little better in the future. It likely won't happen, but I'm going to stand up here and blow smoke up your butts anyways because many of you will believe my bullshit."
Huntington: "[Locke] is an intriguing young left-handed starter with the frame, athleticism and stuff to become a quality major-league starting pitcher."
Translation: "He has potential. Like great Pirate pitching prospects of the past, John Van Benschoten, Bryan Bullington, Clint Johnston, and Bobby Bradley, Locke has potential. And upside."
Huntington: "[Hernandez] is a dynamic player who has the potential to become an above-average major league outfielder. He is a quality athlete with plus speed and plays above-average defense. He has bat speed and the upside to develop into a productive table setter."
Translation: "Best case scenario, Hernandez is someday as good as McLouth. Upside, people, don't you understand upside? Idiots. [Walks away from podium singing "Don't you wish your GM was smart like me?]
Break It Down
As for the trade, I'll just refer you to Bob Smizik's great blog piece at the Post-Gazette. I will post one great line, though:
By trading center fielder Nate McLouth, their best and most marketable player, to the Atlanta Braves for three minor leaguers, the Pirates have said they have no chance of winning this season, a stance that goes against what they had been saying.Couldn't agree more...