The MLB trade deadline is a little over two weeks away, and the first big trade of the season took place yesterday, with the Cubs acquiring left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana from the White Sox. That officially launches trade rumor season, in which we'll probably be hearing things on a daily basis about people the Pirates could acquire or trade away.
We still don't know whether the Pirates will buy or sell, although I have a feeling their approach will be similar to last year, where they sell guys with expiring contracts, while also adding guys who might be able to help them beyond 2017, even if it means adding someone on an expiring contract who they could try to re-sign -- much like they did with Ivan Nova. I would also point out that I don't think every single person with an expiring ...
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