Pirates GM Ben Cherington on trading Jacob Stallings: ‘It’s not supposed to be easy’

When the Miami Marlins approached the Pittsburgh Pirates about dealing for Jacob Stallings at the trade deadline, Ben Cherington resisted the temptation to part with the eventual NL Gold Glove catcher.

That the Marlins remained “continuously persistent” after the season made the Pirates general manager reflect and reconsider his position, even though Cherington expected Stallings to remain with the club.

“We were approached to the point where we started to look at, could we maintain strength at the position and gain young talent at the same time?” Cherington said Wednesday afternoon on a video conference call with reporters. “We worked through that sort of on parallel fronts and ultimately felt like, if we could do both, then it fit with what we’re trying to do as an organization.

“That just made sense for us, even if it was hard. In this case, you know, it was hard because we respect Stalls. But, as we talked about before, we’ve got to be disciplined about adding players and adding talent however we can and as much as we can. We care about having strength behind the plate as we grow this team and help our own pitchers grow. I feel like we’re able to accomplish both with this trade even if, even if it was hard to do. It’s not supposed to be easy.”

Cherington is aware of the backlash from fans who have watched the Pirates trade All-Stars in Starling Marte,…

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