The PittsburghPirates should hurry before it is too late and go about acquiring a player through the waivers. There is still a lot of talent available through the waivers, and they have come to far to let the season depend on the health of Andrew McCutchen.
McCutchen, the reigning National League MVP, could miss up to three weeks with an oblique injury he suffered in the Pirates’ series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. If the Pirates were to lose a great amount of ground during McCutchen’s time on the DL, the the antics that went on will be something neither franchise will forget.
The Pirates do have the option of working out something with the Philadelphia Phillies for outfielder Marlon Byrd or the Los Angeles Dodgers for Matt Kemp who has been streaking lately. And do not count out a deal with the New York Yankees for Ichiro Suzuki. The team should explore their options now while McCutchen is down and not count down the days until they could see No. 22 playing in center field again for the black and gold.
It is not uncommon for teams to work out deals for big-name players. Just a few years ago the Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox worked out a blockbuster deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to Los Angeles. The Pirates, of course, would not have to give up much to acquire any of three outfielders mentioned above, but any one of them could help the franchise stay in the balance of the National League Central playoff chase.