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First Pitch: Could the Pirates Be Sellers This July?

First Pitch: Could the Pirates Be Sellers This July?

Today I was reading a few articles about how the Tampa Bay Rays might have to start thinking about trading David Price this summer due to their record. This was before their loss tonight, when they were sitting 16-22. That had me thinking two things.

1. I need to go up to St. Pete to see David Price soon.

2. If the Rays need to start thinking about selling because they're 16-22 and four games out of the wild card, then what should the Pirates be talking about, sitting at 16-21 and 3.5 games back from the second NL Wild Card spot?

The games back stat is a little misleading at this point. The Rays have five teams ahead of them before you get to the teams currently occupying the Wild Card spots. The Pirates are 3.5 games back, but would have to jump past seven teams to get a Wild Card spot.

So if the Rays need to be thinking about selling right now, does that mean the Pirates need to do the same thing?

The situations are a bit different. The Rays have a lot of injuries (Mat...

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