The July 31 trade deadline came and went with no moves by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
What a difference a month can make.
With the team tied for first place with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pirates made their second big move of the week, acquiring first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Alex Presley.
The Pirates were in desperate need of a first baseman and Morneau, a former AL MVP, could fit the bill. Morneau was hitting .259 with 17 home runs. He added 74 RBIs. He’s eligible for the postseason roster.
Garrett Jones has struggled this season and Gaby Sanchez has been underwhelming, too.
And to get Morneau, the Pirates only had to give up Alex Presley. They had to give up more in their other deal.
Earlier, the Pirates picked up outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the Mets. The Bucs had to include a top-10 prospect in that deal, giving up infielder Dilson Herrera.
Those bold moves by GM Neal Huntington could go a long way in October.
– Rick Green