Here’s one that’s good for a laugh…

Via Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

“This afternoon, I heard in the lobby that the Pirates continued to explore a possible trade that would send first baseman Garrett Jones to the Mariners, but apparently made little progress. The latest report I’ve heard is that the Pirates were rebuffed after offering to send Jones to Seattle for right-hander Taijaun Walker, the Mariners’ top pitching prospect. Walker, 20, was a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 who wowed Mariners management that year in the fall league. With a plus fastball and a plus curveball, he has top-of-the-rotation potential. This past season, he went 7-10 with a 4.69 ERA and 1.374 WHIP at Double-A Jackson. Baseball America rates him the M’s second-best prospect.”

Something about the Pirates exploring the possibility of swapping a 31-year old outfielder/first baseman with a career batting line of .259/.321/.466 for a prospect who currently projects as a future ace almost gives me a case of the ROFLs like it was the Dave Littlefield era. I say this as someone who has spent a significant chunk of his adult life cheering for the Pirates. Most of my cheering could be qualified as crying.

It’s the opposite of inexplicably absorbing over $9 million of a decaying Matt Morris in July of 2007. It’s like showing up for school with a butter sandwich for lunch and expecting someone to trade you leftover pizza and Dunk-a-roos for it.