5 Players The Pittsburgh Pirates Could Still Trade For
5 Players Pittsburgh Could Trade For
Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday when the Pittsburgh Pirates fans were chanting "Cueto, Cueto, Cueto" at Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park, a game that the Pirates would win and advance themselves into the NLDS. Now we are already at the end of December, the "Hot Stove" season is nearing its end, and pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in less than two months.
For most teams, the offseason is pretty much over and they are just looking to make minor adjustments to their MLB roster and add depth to the organization. For the Pirates, it's almost like the offseason hasn't even begun. They have only added a few players to their organization over the winter so far.
The Pirates signed Edinson Volquez, Clint Barmes and Travis Ishikawa, along with a few other minor league signings. They have also traded for Chris Stewart, Jaff Decker and Miles Mikolas in minor deals. Other than that, the Pirates have been extremely quiet.
They entered the offseason with a few needs -- first base, shortstop, pitching depth and right field. They have filled any potential hole at shortstop by signing Barmes to back up Jordy Mercer, and they have signed Volquez to fill out their starting rotation. They seem to feel comfortable heading into the season with their in-house options in right field, so they have one huge hole remaining -- first base.
Obviously the Pirates could still use a front-line starting pitcher if they could get one, but it seems unlikely at this point. They need to focus on adding a first baseman somehow. If they are able to find a right fielder on the trade market -- for example, a right fielder from the Miami Marlins -- then they should try to make a trade for him. However, if adding a right fielder or starting pitcher prevents them from upgrading first base, then they must avoid that. First base should be a priority and it doesn't seem like the Pirates' front office is acting like it is.
5. Giancarlo Stanton
Any team could use a Giancarlo Stanton, and every team should call about Stanton. The Miami Marlins should listen to offers for Stanton. Unfortunately, the Marlins have been saying they won't trade the slugger.
Even though they have said they won't trade him, the Pittsburgh Pirates have more than enough prospects to propose an offer the Marlins can't refuse.
4. Ike Davis
The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of a few teams that are interested in trading for Ike Davis. Davis wouldn't be a perfect option for the Bucs, but their first base options are running thin.
3. David Price
The Tampa Bay Rays are probably going to trade David Price. The Pittsburgh Pirates have enough in the farm system to trade for Price and still have a decent lot of prospects remaining. Trading for a player of Price's caliber is risky, but the Pirates seem to be heading in the right direction, and their scouting is good enough that they will be able to replenish their system in a few years.
2. Billy Butler
Billy Butler isn't actively on the trading block, but he can definitely be had if the right package is offered. The Pittsburgh Pirates really need a first baseman, and while Butler is mainly a designated hitter, he has played some first base in his career.
1. Adam Lind
The Toronto Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates have already discussed an Adam Lind deal, but the Blue Jays had been asking for second baseman Neil Walker in return. The Pirates aren't willing to deal Walker at this point, but if the Jays' asking price lowers, this trade could happen.