This is part two of a three part 2011 season preview. The other two parts are below:
1. 19 Things to Watch For in 2011
2. The Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Trade Market
3. Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011
The Pirates have been no strangers to trades over the last few years. In 2008 and 2009 they blew the team up, trading almost every player off the 25-man roster. In 2010 the trades weren't as extreme, although they did ship out a few guys on one year deals, getting some nice returns in the process, such as James McDonald/Andrew Lambo for Octavio Dotel, and Chris Snyder/Pedro Ciriaco for D.J. Carrasco, Ryan Church, and Bobby Crosby.
This year the Pirates should follow a similar approach, trading away guys with one or two years left on their contracts. Ideally they will be able to get pieces like McDonald or Snyder, to help out the 2011 roster. Don't be surprised if we see a few dark horse trade candidates, which I will cover later. For now, let's tak...
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