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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Perrotto: Even In Decline, McCutchen Deserves More Respect

PITTSBURGH — The move, for the most part, went unnoticed.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made a double switch at the start of the eighth inning Tuesday night, bringing in left-hander Wade LeBlanc in to pitch and rookie Jose Osuna in to play left field.

Hurdle also shifted Adam Frazier from left field to center field and removed center fielder Andrew McCutchen from the game. The score was just 6-4 at the time in a game the Pirates would go on to lose 8-4 to the Washington Nationals.

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Huntington Must Fix Pirates Roster

Let me start this by saying this is all Starling Marte‘s fault.

Marte’s selfish and idiotic decision to knowingly use PED’s crippled Clint Hurdle‘s lineup options and killed any chance the team had of competing in the NL Central.

All that being said, due to slow starts by nearly every team in the division, the Pirates are only three games out of first and two games behind the Chicago Cubs.

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Lack of Common Sense by Marte, Kang Puts Pirates in Predicament

Starling Marte

Yes, it is a teeny tiny sample size, but life without Starling Marte has not been good for the Pirates so far.

The center fielder was suspended Tuesday for 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive a second time for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing drug.

The Pirates then lost their next two games to the Cardinals by identical 2-1 scores at St. Louis, the first Tuesday night then again Wednesday afternoon.

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