The trade deadline may be five weeks away, but the Pirates have been having discussions on what they are looking for to improve this 2012 team. While the pitching has been very good all season, the offense has finally started to heat up in the month of June and it seems the team is starting to click on all cylinders.
The trade market is pretty much non-existent right, but Pirates’ manger Clint Hurdle said they are looking to improve the club in all areas.
“You’re looking to improve your club the best way you can,” Hurdle said. “What you want versus what you can get or what’s available, who wants to play or dance with you, who else has interest and finding a match. Those things all come into play. Right now, most teams are holding everything close to the vest. I think around July 4, Independence day, things might start to heat up a little bit. I think everybody will have a little better indicator.”
General Manager Neal Huntington said last week that the extra wild card this season has kept more clubs in the hunt longer, pushing back teams from trading this early in the season.
“There’s a lot of teams that they have mentioned a couple weeks from now we’ll know better,” Hurdle said. “Who knows if that’s a statement or there’s meaning to that. Us included, we will see. We’d like to first look for a way to impact the offense because we do feel that we are in a competitive position off the mound. We do have a couple areas we’ve got a surplus, or depth that might be attractive to somebody else.”
The Pirates have already been linked to a few names this year, with most of those names being corner infielders. However, they’ve also been linked to left-handed starter Joe Saunders, suggesting that their focus isn’t entirely on the offense.