Five Pirates That Should be on Trading Block

26 days and counting until the 2017 MLB Trade Deadline and GM Neal Huntington appears to have plenty of assets to shop around to contending teams.

As we talked about last night, despite being one of the hottest players in the majors, Andrew McCutchen is a player that I believe the team should build around and not look to deal. Despite how things have gone this season, the Pirates have enough talent to contend for a playoff spot next season and trading the teams best player would just hurt that effort.

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Pirates Quietly Hanging Around and Getting Better

Despite having a ton of things go against them, we’re a day away from the start of July and the Pirates are still in contention for the NL Central Division.

Yes, Clint Hurdle’s team is still five games under .500 (37-42) but because of how mediocre the NL Central is this year, the Pirates are just four games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. Despite their current position in the standings, the Cubs are the team to beat in the division and the Pirates are only 3 games behind them.

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Perrotto’s 3 Thoughts: Could Pirates Be Deadline Buyers?

Three thoughts on the Pirates:

  1. Hold off on that trade

It has been suggested in various corners — including this one — that the Pirates would be wise to gauge interest in right-hander Gerrit Cole when the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

The Pirates would seemingly get a bundle in a trade for a 27-year-old pitcher who won 19 games two years ago — though he is suppressing his trade value with a recent stretch of rough outings — and cannot become a free agent until following the 2019 season.

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3 Up, 3 Down: May 29th-June 4th

Welcome to 3 Up, 3 Down: a weekly recap and preview for the Pirates. This post refers to  games from May 29-June 4, a stretch where the Pirates lost two out of three at home to the Diamondbacks (5/29-5/31) before taking two out of three on the road against the Mets (6/2-6/4).

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Trevor Williams turned in a pair of quality starts this week, going six innings Monday against the Diamondbacks and seven innings Sunday against the Mets, only allowing one run in both outings. He struck out six and walked two in that stretch. If his first start against the Dodgers is excluded, Williams has a 2.83 ERA ever since taking over for Jameson Taillon

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No Help from Teammates Results in Cole Taking Tough Loss

Steve Blass knows a thing or two about pitching, regardless of the wildness that ended his career early and has made his name, quite unfairly, synonymous with each subsequent major-leaguer who has lost the ability to throw strikes.

Blass went 78-44 in a five-year span from 1968-72 for the Pirates. He won Game 7 of the 1971 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles and was second in the National League Cy Young voting the next year.

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