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Pittsburgh Pirates: 9 Outside-the-Box Trade Ideas for the Pirates
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Even though the Pirates' offense is 29th in runs scored, batting average and OPS while ranking dead last in OBP, the Bucs are just two and a half games behind the first place Reds.

In order to keep up this level of play as well as leaping the Reds by the end of the season, the Pirates are going to have to go out and get a bat, preferably one that could play right field or first base.

Yet, with the addition of the second wild-card spot, more teams will be closer to a playoff spot come July 31st. This means there will be very few sellers this shopping season, and three potential sellers, the Cubs, Astros, and Brewers, reside in the Pirates' division. Even though Houston leaves for the AL next year, it is traditionally taboo to trade within the division mid-season.

With so few sellers, there will be more "baseball" trades made instead of the usual selling of rental players.

With this in mind, I've come up with a list of offers the Pirates should consider.

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