For the first time in 18 seasons, the Pittsburgh Pirates are on the cusp of attaining a winning record. For Pittsburgh Pirates fans, a mediocre season record of 82-80 would bring elation and kick-start the revival to one of the greatest franchises in the history of baseball.
Having not been in this scenario for some time now, it is imperative that Pirates' GM Neal Huntington make a big splash at the trade deadline and find a way to land a legitimate power threat.
While it's nice to think that the return of third baseman Pedro Alvarez will fix all the Pirates' offensive holes, there's little evidence to support that conclusion. I don't believe that it was just physical problems that limited Alvarez to a .208 average in 36 games. I have to think that mentally, his approach to hitting major league pitching was not at the level it needed to be. I do believe that Alvarez will return and be productive, but the answers for the Pirates lay outside of the organization.
In order to make a division title run, which it seems they are ready to do right now, the Pirates will need to acquire a player who can provide experience, leadership and authority in the middle of a young Bucs lineup.
*Of the players featured on the list, all have been speculated upon at MLBTradeRumors.
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