After making it to the playoffs for the first time since 1992 last season, the Pittsburgh Pirates have taken a step back this season. Now, the club must figure out what to do as the trade deadline approaches.
Pittsburgh lost many key pieces from its playoff roster this past offseason. A.J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau all found new homes over the winter. Those departures left some holes on the team's roster.
The Pirates have found a replacement for Byrd in rookie phenom Gregory Polanco. As for the rotation and first base, Edinson Volquez and Ike Davis aren't the answers if the team wishes to get back to the postseason.
After a slow start to the season, the Pirates find themselves facing a sizable deficit in the National League Central. They are still alive in the wild-card race, so they could in fact be buyers at the deadline. They have the young talent that could help pull off a big deal.
Make sure to keep checking back here to see what rumors the Pirates are involved in or what deals the team makes as the MLB trade deadline approaches.