Are the Pittsburgh Pirates buyers before Tuesday’s trade deadline?
Ask general manager Neal Huntington, and the answer might not seem obvious. Here’s what he told mlb.com:
“So it’s nice that we don’t have to go get someone specific; we can pick what we want to get, and if the acquisition cost is exorbitantly high, we can stay with what we have and continue to play winning baseball.”
The acquisition of Wandy Rodriguez was nice. It gives the Pirates a quality arm without paying a high price, kind of what Huntington was talking about.
However, most people think the Bucs need a bat, and I’m one of them.
Pittsburgh can enter the final two months of the season with their lineup as it is.
Although Starling Marte had a great first game, he’s a rookie facing MLB pitchers for the first time. And he played against the Astros. You can’t expect him to be a difference-maker down the stretch.
Alex Presley, Saturday night’s No. 2 hitter, had a .236 average and a .276 on-base percentage. And he has just 16 RBIs.
Rod Barajas is hitting .202 and Clint Barmes is at .209, and neither one scares pitchers.
Throw in the hot and cold nature of Pedro Alvarez and you have some holes on offense.
Plus the bench needs to be upgraded.
I know Huntington doesn’t want to sound the alarm, but he needs to find some offense for this team.
I have no problems giving up a promising minor leaguer to get an established hitter.
Minor league players are so unpredictable. Too many of the Pirates’ prospects have failed to live up to their billing.
How many trades have the Pirates made where they gave up the established player and the prospects they got in return never materialized.
That’s why I say deal.
It’s been quite a season. I’d hate to see it end short of the playoffs because Huntington failed to make a move to improve this team.