The Pirates have been trading big leaguers for prospects for years, but this summer is different. Pittsburgh is just a game out of first place with a 47-43 record and GM Neal Huntington says the Pirates are searching for “the right piece to add to the club” every day.
"In theory we would absolutely like to add to this club," Huntington told Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Under the right circumstances, the Pirates would even deal prospects for Major Leaguers.
"[One of the reasons] you have a deep and talented farm system is to make trades to add to your major league club when you don't have the right piece," Huntington said. "We are to a point where we've got some prospects in the system that we're willing to talk about."
Huntington says he’s monitoring the trade market and has noticed that there are still more buyers than sellers at this point. MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes explains what could happen if the Pirates become buyers and Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the Pirates should acquire a power bat.