The 2011 trade deadline is a little over two weeks away. In previous years, we'd be talking about guys the Pirates would be selling off, and it would almost be a guarantee that the Pirates would be dealing most of the guys we were talking about. This year, with the Pirates in contention for the NL Central, we can actually focus on how to improve the team.
The Pirates are in an interesting situation. They are technically contenders, which means they should be looking for upgrades. However, the team doesn't look like a team built for the long term, so they can't afford to give up any top prospects. The ideal trades would involve taking on salary in exchange for an upgrade. On that same note, the Pirates will have a tough choice if they get a big offer for one of their major league players, as the long term benefits to the organization might outweigh the short term benefits to the major league team.
With that said, let's break down the Pirates' approach, focusing on their need...
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