When the Pirates are contending, you can guarantee they are going to make some sort of addition to the club. Starting in 2011 with the addition of Derrek Lee, the Pirates have acquired players down the stretch every single year they were contending.
They added guys like Wandy Rodriguez and Travis Snider in 2012. The 2013 season brought Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau. They didn't make any big trades in 2014, but John Holdzkom was a big addition for their bullpen down the stretch. They had a huge under the radar deadline in 2015, led by J.A. Happ, who was one of the best pickups at the deadline.
The Pirates add guys, but they don't always make a "splash." As in, they make good moves, but they're not flashy enough to earn the reputation of a team that improves at the deadline. To get th...
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