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First Pitch: Will There Be a Trade? Do the Pirates Even Need One?

First Pitch: Will There Be a Trade? Do the Pirates Even Need One?

The trade market has been slow this entire month. The market looks weak, and has looked like a seller's market leading up to the deadline. But for a short time there it looked like the Pirates were close to a very busy day.

First there was the rumor from Monday about the Pirates being top options for Brian Wilson. Then, around 1:00 we heard that Bud Norris might be on the move, and the Pirates could be a landing spot. Not long after that we heard the Pirates and White Sox were close on an Alex Rios trade.

Then things fell apart. Wilson signed with the Dodgers. The rumors that followed on Norris and Rios said neither deal was close, and eventually said that neither player was likely to come to Pittsburgh. We were back where we started. A slow deadline, very few names that are actually...

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