The Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a decent start so far in the 2012 season. However, tonight's game against the Tigers was a microcosm of their season to this point: a one-hit shutout and another anemic offensive display.
The Bucs are dead last in the National League in batting average, runs scored, hits, total bases, RBI, on-base percentage, OPS and walks. Yet, because of their pitching, they are just three games under .500, good for third place and just four-and-a-half games out of first in the National League Central.
It is universally known that there are no major league ready bats in their minor league system. However, there are several teams that have good hitters that could come at an affordable price, both financially and in terms of what the team would have to give up to complete a trade.
Here are four such players that would help fill the hitting void the Pirates currently are experiencing.