It seems like trade talk has been the main topic over the past week. I think we can all agree that if the Pirates are still contending, Neal Huntington will try to acquire a starting pitcher. However, a lot can happen over the course of a MLB season, and he Pirates can easily fall out of contention.
Now here's a very realistic scenario Neal Huntington might have to face at the deadline. What if the Pirates are 6 games out of the second wildcard spot at the trade deadline? Do they buy or do they sell?
Once again, with so many teams in contention, it will be a seller's market. The Pirates have been playing better,but got off to a very slow start to the 2014 season, and they might not be able to overcome it.
Here are the scenarios I would like to see happen if Huntington decides to buy/sell:
If Huntington decides to sell, I expect to see Martin, Frankie, and Grilli being made available for trade. Huntington might listen to offers for Pedro, but unless an offer blows him away, I expect Pedro to finish the season in a Pirates uniform. Martin would bring back a middle of the rotation starter, and Frankie and Grilli would bring back some young arms who can be used in the bullpen.
Like I said, it's a seller's market. Not much is out there. One guy that has been brought up in trade discussions is Wade Miley. I would love to see Huntington go out and get Miley. He would greatly improve a rotation that has had an up and down season. We're not going to go after Price or Samardzija. I think Miley would be a nice addition for a reasonable price.
The Pirates obviously have a very bright future ahead of them. If they sell, I won't be upset. It's not like the Pirates window of winning is closing. If they decide to be buyers, I won't be upset either. That tells me the Pirates are 100% focused on winning, and believe in this team.
But enough talking about what I think. What do you guys think?