It's become the feel-good story of the summer: The Pittsburgh Pirates are contending for a division crown and playoff spot. No one saw it coming, and now with the trade deadline approaching, the question is now whether the Pirates will try to acquire pieces and improve their team for the stretch run.
As a resident of Pittsburgh, the mood here is like animals coming out of hibernation. This hibernation just happened to have lasted nearly 20 years. PNC Park, one of the best parks in the league, is finally getting the sellout crowds it deserves because of the Bucco's resurgence to contention.
Personally, I don't think the Pirates should make any moves unless it's clear as day they're getting the better of the deal. This team is so young that mortgaging part of the future could be disastrous.
However, according to mlbtraderumors.com, here are five names that have caught the interest of the Pirates.