There shouldn't be any questions about whether the Pirates should be buyers or sellers at the deadline this year. They're 38-42, 5.5 games back in the Wild Card race, and have five teams between them and the two Wild Card spots.

There also shouldn't be any complaints if they decide to rebuild. At best, the Pirates were looking at a Wild Card appearance this year. They need to aim higher, and the best way to aim higher in today's MLB is to go all-in as either a buyer or a seller. This isn't a team where you go all-in and add to the group. And sticking around in the middle is only going to lead to future seasons like this one, where they're struggling to reach the Wild Card game, with no higher ceiling.

So the best choice for the Pirates is to sell. And that choice only looks like a be...

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