Yesterday I pointed out why it is unlikely for a trade to be made this early in the season. I felt the article was straight forward enough: trades don't usually happen this early, so don't hold out hope that one will be made. Some translated "trades aren't likely" as "trades never happen" or "the Pirates shouldn't try". The Pirates should absolutely try -- they just probably won't find any takers. Trades do happen early, although as I pointed out it's mostly on a minor scale, and rarely an impact deal.

It takes two to make a trade, and there are good reasons why other teams probably aren't rushing to make a move. As an example, theoretically the Boston Red Sox match up with the Pirates. The Red Sox have good hitting, but poor pitching. The Pirates have pitching depth, but poor hitting. ...

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