Pirates Considering Summer Acquisitions

The 45-41 Pirates are in second place in the NL Central and, for the first time in a long time, they could be buyers this summer. Manager Clint Hurdle told Karen Price of the Pittsburgh Tribune Tribune-Review that team management will meet today to determine what moves to make this month.

"We're just trying to be smart with the moves we make," Hurdle said. "We want to make sure we bring in a good skill-set that fits in the clubhouse as well."

The Pirates have ten players on the disabled list, including Joe Beimel, Ross Ohlendorf, Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, Pedro Alvarez, Ronny Cedeno and Jose Tabata, so Hurdle believes help could come from within. If some injured Pirates return later in the season, the team could improve without forfeiting prospects or taking on salary.

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