Well the front office is at least trying to improve the offense, but they aren't finding any takers right now. According to both the Trib and the Post-Gazette, the Pirates haven't found anybody willing to "play catch" with them. It doesn't say who they contacted or what they asked for, but it seems third base is the most logical position they are trying to upgrade.
"The importance of getting more (production) from third base is priority one," manager Clint Hurdle said. "This is the first look we want to take with the reconstruction."
Read more: Pirates slow down Red Sox in series opener - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/pirates/s_743900.html#ixzz1QI6HYxCd We've made some overtures externally," Hurdle said. "There's nobody wanting to play catch with us right now outside our building, so then you need to look internally and how you can improve yourself and maybe strengthen yourself offensively or defensively or off the mound."
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11176/1156243-63.stm#ixzz1QI6wxUjC I find it interesting that Hurdle used the term reconstruction. Perhaps Hurdle meant D'Arnaud and Presley have a real shot to stick, or maybe Hurdle meant there are more moves on the way. I'm not surprised that the Buccos are having a hard time finding a trade partner. A lot of teams probably still feel they are in it, so why not see how you do until July 31st. I know that Hurdle and the front office are looking at third base, but I am still in the Ryan Ludwick camp. He won't cost a lot, he's not a long-term investment and he has some legit pop. The Padres are one of the few teams truly out of the running, they are 11 games under .500 and 10 games out of first in the West. They may be willing to deal now.