With the trade deadline only a few days away, trades are happening left and right and that is likely to continue. The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to be buyers at the deadline and they have usually been linked to pitching. But the Pirates also have a glaring need for a right-handed hitter that they can insert into their lineup.
The Pirates are last in the entire MLB in home runs against left-handed pitching, with their whole lineup hitting poorly against left-handed pitching. In addition, two areas that could be improved are first base and right field. And an obvious replacement on the roster would be Gaby Sanchez.
Sanchez is supposed to be a player who hits left-handed pitching very well and he is not doing that this season. So, I have a few right-handed hitters that could end up replacing him in a few days.
The most interesting name I came across is John Mayberry Jr. of the Philadelphia Phillies. He is hitting left-handed pitching better than almost anyone in the league and can play the outfield and first base. Mayberry is currently on the disabled list, but players on the list can still be traded, though it is not likely.
Another option is first baseman Jesus Montero of the Seattle Mariners. He is hitting left-handed pitching at a great clip in limited time in the major leagues. But instead of trading him, the Mariners could call him up and use him themselves.
One final option could be Josh Willingham of the Minnesota Twins. He consistently hits for power, especially against left-handed pitching. The only issue with Willingham is that he has only played first base three times in his career, although some teams think he can handle the position. He would be able to help in right field though because he is primarily an outfielder.
These three players are hitters that the Pirates could really use to help their poor offense against left-handed pitchers. I think Mayberry would be the best fit because he plays for the Phillies and the Phillies have other players the Pirates are interested in, such as AJ Burnett and Antonio Bastardo. But the Pirates would have to accept that he is on the disabled list for the time being. Only time will tell if the Pirates trade for one of these hitters, but it is clear that they could use all of them as right-handed hitters.