The Pittsburgh Pirates are finally in a position to buy at the trade deadline.
Now the question becomes, how will the Pirates approach this unfamiliar territory?
As of now, the options seem a bit cloudy. The Pirates could choose to deal veterans Paul Maholm or Evan Meek. However, they could add talent to this rising National League team.
The Pirates desperately need help behind the plate. Chris Snyder is out for the year due to back surgery, and while Ryan Doumit is due back in the next few weeks, he is not always reliable.
Reportedly, the Pirates had been working with the Los Angeles Angels to acquire Jeff Mathis in exchange for Garrett Jones. The deal fell through when the Pirates balked on parting with Jones' bat.
Pittsburgh could also be interested in Carlos Pena because of Lyle Overbay's lack of production. Granted, Pena is struggling himself, but his home run potential would be a nice addition to a Pirates lineup lacking pop.
Pirates GM Neil Huntingdon is in an interesting position. The Pittsburgh Pirates are buyers for the first time in a long time, and fans expect the front office to execute effectively and efficiently.
Upgrading talent on the major league team without mortgaging their bright future will be the key, and also the difficult part for Huntingdon and company as the deadline nears.