That depends, how far off was H.M Warner (of Warner Bros.) when he said "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" How far off was the head of the U.S. Patent Office (Charles H. Duell) when, in 1899, he said "Everything that can be invented has been invented?"
Hyperbole aside, Pirates GM Neal Huntington appears to be attempting to achieve the baseball equivalent of the ridiculousness above.
If the trade proposal reported today by Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune is true - that the Pittsburgh Pirates offered first baseman/right fielder to the Seattle Mariners for top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker - then we're going to have to come up with new adjectives to describe the incompetence within the Pirates front office.
A National League General Manager told me a few years back that Huntington tends to overvalue his own players when it comes to trades. I'd have to agree. Huntington apparently overvalues Garrett Jones in the same way the captain of the Titanic overvalued the ability of his ship to take on an iceberg.
Tim Williams of PiratesProspects.com says that the Pirates are aiming high, which is true. On a related note, I hope to be president when I turn 35. Williams makes another good point, pointing out that the Pirates should understand how ridiculous this trade offer is, because they have a guy in Gerrit Cole who is on the same prospect-level as Walker, and everyone in Pittsburgh has to hope he wouldn't give up Cole for someone the caliber of Jones. In order to make this trade fair, Huntington would have to also offer Cole in exchange for Mike Carp.
Jones is a usable piece for a lot of teams, but is a completely one-dimensional player. He offers power from the left side, but he can only hit right-handed pitching and is terrible defensively at both first base and left field. He never walks and while he has decent pop, it's not great for a first baseman. Additionally, the career .259 hitter has hit just .198 against lefties in his career. He is, at best, a part-time player at first base who, if coupled with the proper platoon partner, could get a team almost two wins.
Walker, on the other hand, is the top pitching prospect in a farm system filled with strong arms and is an ace in the making. It's understandable that Huntington would inquire about the availability of an arm like Walker, but he can't seriously think that Jones is enough to get it done. These are the kinds of requests that keep other GM's from taking the Pirates seriously - an opinion that is more prevalent among other MLB execs than Pirates fans would like to believe.
Let's put it this way - if this move was proposed in your fantasy league, you'd berate him on your league's message board, complain about him to your friends, and discuss kicking him out of your league for next season.
In all seriousness, the Pirates and Mariners do have the pieces to match up on deals in a number of different ways. If Huntington does want Walker, it would probably take Jones, Joel Hanrahan, and someone along the lines of Starling Marte. If the Mariners are interested in Jones, the Pirates can realistically expect prospects along the lines of third baseman Vinnie Catricala, who struggled in his first taste of Triple-A in 2012 but has good power potential, or reliever Chance Ruffin, a 22-year-old who strikes out a ton of batters but battles control issues. Even SS/2B Nick Franklin is too much for just Jones, although he might be in play if the Pirates were to include Hanrahan in the deal as well.
Regardless, the Pirates are doing the right thing by shopping Jones in an off-season when his value may never be higher, but to actually request one of the top-10 pitching prospects in the game for a one-dimensional platoon player is beyond ridiculous.
The best thing Pirates fans can hope for is that this report isn't true.