Pirates GM Neal Huntington can't trade Austin Meadows (left), but he has other prospects available to move. (Courtesy: Pittsburgh Pirates)

Major League Baseball's trade deadline is three weeks away, approaching quickly but not so fast that teams need to act hastily when making moves.

The Pirates could have acquired outfielders Shane Victorino or Carlos Quentin at last year's deadline, but would have had to trade current left fielder Starling Marte in either deal, according to manager Clint Hurdle. He also said spending money on those players' salaries "maybe" would have prevented the team from acquiring catcher Russell Martin last offseason.

GM Neal Huntington says this year he is looking at "a number of different fronts" to improve the team.

"There's certainly areas we can upg...

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