The Pittsburgh Pirates need offensive help. Their offense is the worst in the majors. I could go in to detail with talk of how they're on pace for a record low in runs, how they have the most strikeouts of any team, and so on. But I'll keep it simple and just say that the offense has been very bad.

The immediate reaction in this type of situation is always going to be a call for a change. That call is usually going to be for a trade. Unfortunately, just saying "make a trade" ignores the reality that trades don't usually take place in baseball at this point in the season. In the last two years there have been three in-season major league trades that took place before the month of June. Those deals saw Fred Lewis, David Purcey, and Scott Sizemore traded, as well as a deal involving Rule 5...

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