The 35-32 Pirates have the third-best ERA in the National League but are dead last in runs scored. Unsurprisingly, manager Clint Hurdle says that the club will be on the lookout for offense as the deadline approaches, write MLB.com's Tom Singer and Mark Emery.
"We'd like to first look for ways to impact the offense," said Hurdle. "We do feel like we're in a competitive position on the mound. We do have a couple of areas where we've got some surplus, some depth that might be attractive to somebody else."
The skipper has met with GM Neal Huntington this week to discuss possible moves, both internal and external. However, Hurdle emphasized that it will take some more time for the trade market to develop. The Pirates' pitching depth has taken some hits as of late but it will be restored somewhat with the impending returns of Jeff Karstens and Chris Leroux.