We've heard a lot of talk about how the Pittsburgh Pirates will be buyers this year at the trade deadline, and how they are likely to make moves where they take on payroll, rather than giving up top prospects.  So far we've heard a lot of speculation on fits to that approach, but we haven't really heard the Pirates actually linked to any player.

Two of the biggest perceived needs are first base and third base.  Pedro Alvarez was recently optioned to AAA where he will try to get back on track, while Lyle Overbay has struggled at first base this year.  That has led to a lot of speculation about some possibilities for the Pirates.  The perfect match for them might end up being the Chicago Cubs.

In the past month I've detailed the trade values of two of the Cubs top trade possibilities. ...

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