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First Pitch: Rosenthal’s Article and Another Call to Trade Relievers

First Pitch: Rosenthal’s Article and Another Call to Trade Relievers

Earlier tonight, Ken Rosenthal wrote about the Pirates' need for hitting, and their pitching depth. To read what he had to say, click here. I noticed a ton of talk on Twitter about the article, specifically Neal Huntington's comment at the end about making an deal if it's the right move.

To sum up Rosenthal's comments:

**The Pirates have starting depth, although he's not suggesting dealing James McDonald. He mentioned Kevin Correia, noting that Correia wouldn't get much of a return.

**The Pirates shouldn't consider dealing Jameson Taillon or Gerrit Cole.

**The Pirates have a great bullpen with depth in Triple-A. This was the bulk of his focus.

That last point is something I've been saying for a long time. The Pirates need to deal from the bullpen. You can find closers and good relievers fairly easily. Look at the top relievers in the bullpen right now.

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