By Zach Morrison @Zach_Morrison1 on May 31, 2014
The Pittsburgh Pirates have yet to decide if they will be buyers, sellers or if they will stand pat at the 2014 MLB trade deadline, but as it stands today, they will likely be sellers. They have a very talented roster, so most of their players aren't going to be on the trade block. However, there are a few players that could be moved if the right trade comes along.
He has underachieved this season, but he is still a live arm and he is a lefty. In 64.1 innings, Liriano has a 4.62 ERA, a 3.86 FIP, a 52.2 ground-ball percentage, 9.23 K/9 and 4.20 BB/9. A team like the Toronto Blue Jays could have interest in acquiring Liriano.
It doesn't seem likely that the Pirates will move Russell Martin, but a trade is always possible. If he were put on the block, he would be a hot commodity. He is an elite defensive catcher and he can hold his own in the batters' box. In 98 plate appearances this year, Martin is hitting .259/.378/.407 with a 125 wRC+.
It's going to be tough for the Pirates to trade Jason Grilli. He is an aging reliever that has seen his velocity decline since last season. Even so, he is still a decent reliever. At 38 years old, Grilli has a 3.00 ERA and a 4.55 FIP with 9.75 K/9. Just about every team could use bullpen help.
The Pirates have a lot of reliever options, so trading Mark Melancon or Grilli wouldn't be the end of the world. Melancon is a setup man for the Bucs, but he has closing experience as well. He has a 2.42 ERA this season, but also has elite command. In his past two seasons, he has had 1.01 BB/9 and 1.73 BB/9.
Any team could use a veteran back-end of the rotation starter. Enter Edinson Volquez. Over his career, Volquez has had horrible control, but he has his walks down to 2.97 BB/9 this season. He has a 4.30 ERA and he has a 50.5 ground-ball percentage.
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