I would absolutely hate this deal for the Pirates.
Now, instead of renting has-been players for a year for a million or so and have them get hurt/quit the team/go into "operation shutdown"/beat a sausage, they are renting players we don't need for 8 million! Their needs are 3B and RF only...not 1B. If the Pirates are going to do something like this, they should be putting all their eggs in the Nomar basket right now. At least people will come to see Nomar (if he stays healthy), and he can field a position that we need a player for. Sean Casey is not going to draw more than 100 extra people IMO.
I don't care if Casey is from Pittsburgh, he's not worth that much cash AND the pitcher who won the most games for the team last year. If this goes through, the possible growth of Brad Eldred will once again be stunted, adding to the long list of young players that might have made an impact with this team if given a chance. More AAA seasoning is dumb...don't they know players don't get much better once they hit 27? Eldred is already 25. Give him a chance now or never.
Also, where does this leave Craig Wilson? Although I can't stand him, you've got to do something with him since they put in a decent chunk of change in his wallet. Trade him, play him full time at 1B/RF, or cut him...there are no other options. Yet they will continue to putz around with him and all our other half-good enough players.
Dave Williams has talent. He'd do poorly in Cinci also because of the ballpark most likely, but with a halfway decent team, he'd turn into Bronson Arroyo of '04/early '05 (did I mention the Pirates had Arroyo at one point also?
). I guess we just have too many young arms in the system now. Still, I'd rather see K. Wells or M. Redman go than D. Williams.