The 2012 MLB Trade Deadline is a little over a week away. For the second year in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be buyers at the deadline. This year's team looks much stronger than last year's team, and looks more likely to sustain the success we've seen over the first four months of the season. The combination of being contenders, plus trying to snap a 19-year losing streak, will put a lot of pressure on the Pirates to make a big move.

We've already heard the Pirates connected to half the players in the league. Being connected to a player doesn't necessarily mean the team is trying to deal for a player. Sometimes a connection can be as simple as calling and asking if a player is on the block. Sometimes a connection can involve more, such as talking about what type of trade return a...

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