Pittsburgh Pirates Flaws That the Trade Deadline Won't Fix

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Pittsburgh Pirates Flaws That the Trade Deadline Won't Fix
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Despite the Pittsburgh Pirates' excellent start to the season, the team still has several holes that it needs to address.

At the trade deadline, the Bucs will likely seek to add a middle-of-the-order bat, a top-end starter, or both, which will go a long way towards completing their team ahead of the 2012 playoff push. Yet some holes will remain.

A lot of the Pirates' issues are more closely tied to depth than star power, so adding one or two main players will not fix all their woes. In some cases there are internal solutions, while in others the team will just need to weather the storm.

Regardless, the Pirates will need to navigate the following concerns if they want to play playoff baseball this season.

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