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Steven Brault a possibility in Travis Snider trade talks

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One name the Pirates might be considering in their Travis Snider trade talks with the Orioles is lefty pitching prospect Steven Brault, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun writes. The Pirates could then possibly also add a hitting prospect in the deal. Rob Biertempfel mentions the Pirates could also get Stephen Tarpley and/or Jon Keller, also pitchers.

As WTM suggested in the last post, this deal doesn't make a ton of sense for the Pirates unless they're getting very good talent back. None of these names help explain it for me. Brault is a decent starting pitching prospect who spent most of last year in Class A and is now 23. Tarpley is a lefty starter who was all the way down in short-season ball last year. And Keller (the brother of Pirates prospect Mitch) pitched well in relief last season at Class A. Only Tarpley ranks in the Orioles' top 20 prospects.

Trading Snider for two of these guys would be defensible from a value perspective if the Pirates were a bad team dealing veterans at the deadline, but they're not. Snider isn't a spectacular player, but they can use him, both as bench help and as a backup plan in case Gregory Polanco struggles, and I don't see why they'd want to give him up for minor-leaguers unless they're very good ones.