Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Trade Deadline Preview

The 2012 MLB Trade Deadline is a little over a week away. For the second year in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be buyers at the deadline. This year’s team looks much stronger than last year’s team, and looks more likely to sustain the success we’ve seen over the first four months of the season. The combination of being contenders, plus trying to snap a 19-year losing streak, will put a lot of pressure on the...

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Pirates Inquired about B.J. Upton, Billy Butler, and Shane Victorino

In his Sunday column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the Pirates may have interest in the other Upton brother, this time B.J. from the Tampa Rays.  He also mentions that they inquired about Billy Butler (1B) from the Royals and Shane Victorino (OF) from the Phillies.  These little snippets were within a section on Justin Upton and how he has not drawn as much interest as expected. The whole article is about how the...

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Jayson Stark: Pirates Asking About A Lot of Hitters

Jayson Stark has a lot of trade discussions this morning, including a few mentions of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stark mentions that “if there’s a hitter who might have even a remote short of getting traded, the Pirates have asked about him”. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has seen the numerous names linked to the Pirates on the trade market. Stark mentions that the Pirates took a run at Billy Butler...

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Pirates Interested in Paul Maholm

The Pittsburgh Pirates may be interested in bringing Paul Maholm back.

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Thursday Trade Rumors: Middle of the Order Bat, Quentin, Stephen Drew

Here are the latest trade rumors, with any additional rumors being added to the bottom throughout the day. **Jim Bowden reports that the Pirates are aggressively trying to land a middle of the order bat. He also notes that Neal Huntington’s first choice is Justin Upton, but says that Huntington would have to deal Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon, plus Starling Marte, to get a deal done. **One middle of the order bat the Pirates...

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Justin Upton Trade Rumors: Wednesday

Here are the latest rumors on Justin Upton, with any updates throughout the day added at the bottom. **Last night, Buster Olney had the following tweet about how the Pirates match up with Arizona. It still appears the Pirates and the Diamondbacks don't match up on a Justin Upton trade. PIT has pitching, but Ariz. priority is SS help. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 17, 2012 When they say shortstop help, I don’t...

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