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The Pirates were quiet at the deadline, despite a glaring need to upgrade offensively in right field. That issue was addressed in the final week of the waiver trade season, though, as they pulled off a trade with the Mets for slugger Marlon Byrd.
Byrd had to settle for a minor league deal with New York in the offseason after a dismal 2012 campaign, and he quickly played his way into everyday at-bats in a thin Mets outfield.
The Mets were by no means desperate to move him at the deadline, and when they weren't happy with the offers they received, they opted to hold onto him.
In the end, the Pirates' offer was too good to turn down for a free-agent-to-be. The Mets received 19-year-old shortstop Dilson Herrera (.268/.333/.424, 11 HR, 12 SB at Single-A) and 25-year-old reliever Vic Black (38 G, 2.51 ERA, 12.2 K/9 at Triple-A).
In return, the Pirates shored up their one glaring hole with a hitter in Byrd who had an .848 OPS with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 117 games with the Mets. On top of that, they also got a solid bat off the bench in the form of backup catcher John Buck.
Then, on the final day of August, the team landed Twins slugger Justin Morneau in a waiver deal for outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named/cash, according to CBS Sports. In the final year of his contract, the longtime Twins first baseman has a .741 OPS with 17 home runs and 74 RBI on the season.
He'll likely take over the left-handed side of the first base platoon alongside Gaby Sanchez, forcing the underperforming Garrett Jones to the bench and giving the offense a boost.
These moves may very well be enough to put the Pirates over the top in an ultra-competitive NL Central race as they look to avoid playing in the Wild Card Round.