Pirates Trade Rumors: Bucs Would Be Wise To Package Kevin Correia to Add a Bat

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 26, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 25: Kevin Correia #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Chicago Cubs on July 25, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Pirates' starting rotation has enough depth. They would be smart to move Kevin Correia to add a much-needed bat to their lineup.

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Pirates may be moving in that direction:

In the wake of dealing for Wandy Rodriguez, the Pirates are sending signals they could now trade away a starter, with Jeff Karstens and Kevin Correia the most likely suspects to move.

Right now, Andrew McCutchen is everything to the Pirates offense. He leads the team in every statistical category that matters, except doubles (he's second in two-baggers).

Pedro Alvarez does have 21 home runs, but he's also hitting just .228. McCutchen needs some help if the Pirates are to make the postseason.

The team just acquired starting pitcher Wandy Rodgriguez in a trade with the Houston Astros. The Pirates now have Erik Bedard, Rodriguez, James McDonald, Jeff Karstens and A.J. Burnett in the rotation.

That makes Kevin Correia expendable, but in order to pull in a solid hitter, the Pirates may have to package him with a prospect.

That's where things could get a little sticky for the Pirates. They still have a relatively young core, and parting with a prospect may be hard for them to do.

Despite their commitment to the future, the Pirates should make every effort to capitalize on this rare contending opportunity. These opportunities are too few and far between for the Pirates not to aggressively attempt to improve.

Moving Correia and a prospect, if necessary, would be a smart move to strengthen their lineup.

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