The Pittsburgh Pirates have been rumored to be interested in Alex Rios, Justin Morneau and a few others. However as the MLB trade deadline approaches in a few days, the Pirates are looking more like they will do nothing at the deadline. That could be a serious mistake with the St. Louis Cardinals possibly having a rough time over the course of their huge road trip. The Pirates need to do something to improve their chances even if it is a couple of minor trades.
An example that something needs to change in Pittsburgh is right before your eyes and you don’t even have to look hard. When the three game series for each the Pirates and the Cardinals started on Friday night the Pirates were out by 2.5 games. The Cardinals got swept in their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves. The Pirates were playing the Miami Marlins so of course they gained all of 1 game over the weekend.
They gained one game on a team that was swept while they were playing one of the worst teams in baseball. I realize that the Marlins are a tough team to play at times but the way the Pirates lost two of three to them is what matters. They lost Friday night when Jeff Locke had a stellar start but the Pirates managed zero runs. They also lost Sunday in another pitching duel. Pitching duel is another way of saying ‘we didn’t score any runs’.
The message is clear as the Pirates begin a five game series with the Cardinals in Pittsburgh this week. They need more offense. If they sit back and do nothing the people that are looking for another August collapse from the Pirates are going to look like the smartest people in MLB. If they want Rios but the money is a problem then going after Morneau should be simple enough. He is only making $6 million for the rest of the year.
This is the Pirates chance to get over the hump and make a statement by winning the N.L. Central. It will either be that or they prove once again that they cannot complete the deal over an entire season. If I were the Pirates front office, I’d be on the phone.