Despite taking two of three from the Washington Nationals this week, the Pirates find themselves in last place in the NL Central, and sitting five games under .500. The losing record, and the upcoming trade rumor mill season, has led to a lot of speculation trade rumor articles. I've written before about how this time of year can lead to trade rumors that aren't really rumors, but instead just filling the void of articles until there are actual rumors and trades to discuss.

The current version of those events involves polling executives around the league to see who they think will be buyers and sellers. In this process, you get cases where an executive might think the Pirates will trade or at least shop someone like Gerrit Cole, for example. It's not really a rumor, because it's just so...

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