When they say shortstop help, I don't think they're talking Clint Barmes. The upper level options the Pirates have also wouldn't fetch much. Jordy Mercer and Chase d'Arnaud would be average shortstops at best, while Brock Holt profiles more as a utility player. The best shortstop prospect in the system is Alen Hanson, although he's several years away, and Arizona is looking for major league ready players.
**Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that Justin Upton will be traded, either by the deadline, or in the off-season. Buster Ol...
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