As a small market team, the Pirates are constantly wheeling and dealing—usually selling higher-priced players for prospects—and these trades constantly reshape the franchise.
Over the past 17 years, not much has gone right in Pittsburgh, including on the trade front. But there have been a couple bright spots, and they have resulted in the Bucs' few post-Barry Bonds stars.
This slideshow highlights the five biggest trades that have shaped the 2009 Pittsburgh Pirate franchise. They include an impressive string which began with the acquisition of slugger Brian Giles in 1998. But, as is often the case in Pittsburgh these days, the Pirates are defined more by what has gone wrong then what has gone right, and the lasting impact of a couple infamous salary dumps is represented on this list as well.