The Pirates enter the weekend with a 33-35 record and in fourth place in a very competitive NL Central division. They've been struggling for most of the last month, leading to this current situation. As a result, it wouldn't be out of the question to wonder if they would be sellers at the upcoming trade deadline.

Jon Morosi discussed that today at MLB.com, saying that the Pirates haven't publicly said they will be sellers (and they never will, even if they do intend on selling), but that they are expected to trade key veterans if the team doesn't rebound.

That shouldn't be a huge surprise. We saw the Pirates trade Mark Melancon and Tony Watson in previous years at the deadline when they weren't contending. This time around, they might have some more interesting trade chips.

Morosi...

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