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Maybe Neal Huntington is just playing it close to the vest.
In a conversation with Karen Price of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Pirates GM didn't exactly sound like an executive on the verge of a blockbuster deal:
There's not a lot of teams that are looking to sell, and there are a lot of teams looking to buy. There's not a ton of players out there who are significant upgrades. There are some guys you think can be, so as a result asking prices higher than you'd like.
Huntington is spot-on in his assessment. The trade market is incredibly thin. Still, not taking a chance could prove to be a blunder. There's an absurd amount of parity in baseball this season. For a team like the Pirates, who are a legitimate playoff hopeful, the addition of an impact starter or impact bat could vault them into the status of World Series contender.
The Bucs have the pieces to make that kind of move, as the team has the No. 6 farm system in baseball, per Bleacher Report's Adam Wells. To play it conservatively would simply be a mistake.