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Pirates Can Turn to Waiver Trades, But Expect Most Help to Come From Within

Pirates Can Turn to Waiver Trades, But Expect Most Help to Come From Within

The 2014 trade deadline for the Pittsburgh Pirates was a big serving of déjà vu. The Pirates were linked to a lot of players, including two of the top starting pitchers on the market, but in the end the only move they made was a minor one that will have no impact on the majors. Last year they added Robert Andino in a minor league trade. This year they claimed Angel Sanchez from the Chicago White Sox.

The comparisons might not end here. The Pirates went on to make some trades last year, at the end of August. They added Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau through the waiver trading process. After the deadline passed today, Neal Huntington discussed this with the media. The Pirates will again pursue waiver trades, but don't be surprised if they look internally for upgrades first.

"We'll continue to work hard," Huntington said. "We'll continue to see what's out there, as we did a year ago, and we're going to have a couple of pretty good additions here in the short-term with Starling Marte...

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