Deadline is fast approaching and Im trying to take in exactly what the Pirates will be doing at the deadline. There looks like a few options available to the Pirates. I'm assuming Cutch, Alvarez, Tabata and Walker are untouchable at this point.
1) Yankees. They want bullpen and bench help. But they have some serious issues in their rotation as well. We certainly have pitchers to trade Mahlom and Duke would slot nicely into the back of their rotation. We have bullpen help too, Dotel,Lopez, Donnelly. We can help their bench and starting lineup too. Posada is aging and we have Doumit as an expendable catcher/DH/1B/OF...hmmmm kinda the utility bench player you would like to have.
I also would throw in Garrett Jones if we can snake the Yanks again and get some of their top prospects in a package deal.
2) Braves. They are still looking for OF help. They really dont need a lefty bat but Garrett Jones could come a lot cheaper than some of the other potential trade targets out there. I like there High A SS Mycal Jones, they also have SS Edward Salcedo at low-A. The Braves have a lot of quality starters in their system too. much to the quality of front of rotation guys and the Pirates could certainly use a few of those.
3) Mets. Still alive in a tight race in the NL East. Could use some pitching help as well. Its pretty clear Maholm would get us the most back in terms of value. Doumit may fill in well with the Mets too. Not really sure what the Mets have in their system as they have emptied it over recent years but Im sure we could find something.
There are most likely many other deals that would look from our prospective too. these are just a few that i thought might work out the best or have the most chance of happening. thoughts and debate on the deadline this year? as to just stir up the convo as the deadline approaches...(que the jaws theme)