I actually don't see much movement either way from the Pirates this year. No big splash will be made especially if we are right around .500 but have no trade partners.
If we are buyers, the following are the players I would like to take a stab at.
2. Billy Butler. I wouldn't give up nearly as much to get him as Konerko and considering his lack of defense, his value might play in our favor if we are willing to deal with the poor defense.
3. Justin Morneau. If healthy, I don't see him as part of their future anymore and I don't think it would take too much to get him away if we are willing to take on some money.
4. Jason Kubel. If the Dbacks continue to play below where they are, they might be interested in someone a little younger. Would you consider a Marte for Kubel swap? Kubel probably has 3 or 4 years left of good ball in him so it wouldn't be like giving up Marte for a rental. And by the time Kubel hits the end of his career, Grossman, Bell or Rojas Jr. might be ready to step up.
There isn't much out there after these guys that I would go crazy about if we got. Maybe a guy like Dunn, but I think he would cost too much. It really might be slim pickens this year for a bat.
If we are sellers. I know this is going to sound crazy, and you might be right that there is zero chance of this happening. But I am going to try and make an argument(wishful thinking) anyway. If the Orioles continue to play well and have a shot to make the playoffs, they know that in their division they have small windows to do so. JJ Hardy is 29 and could still be their SS for a few more years. While their bullpen is solid, they could use another bat this season and another starter. If they would want Hammer then this would be easier, but I don't think that will be the case. I would prefer Bedard, but I don't see the Orioles going crazy over him. Burnett wouldn't work back in the AL East. Perhaps if Jmac keeps pitching the way he is, throw in a GIJones for power, would it be possible to pluck Machado?