For the past month I've been saying that the Pittsburgh Pirates should be looking at potential moves where they upgrade the team, while giving up very little in prospects, all by taking on salary. That's exactly what the Pirates did at the deadline, acquiring Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick in exchange for Aaron Baker and a player to be named later. Lee and Baker aren't huge splashes on the trade market, but it's hard to argue that they're not upgrades for the Pirates, replacing Lyle Overbay and Garrett Jones, respectively.
Along with giving up Baker and the player to be named later, the Pirates took on an additional $4.2 M in payroll for the remainder of the year. A look at the 40-man roster shows that they're projected for a total payroll just under $51 M. As for the deals, here's how...
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