I’ll start with the bottom line: I don’t expect the Pirates to make a major move.
To celebrate the Pirates being alone in first place this morning, I tuned in to some Pittsburgh sports radio. The topic: What would you give up for Carlos Beltran? I know the radio game, I know the hosts was trying to get people to listen and call in, but seriously?
There will be acquisition(s), but not the big name rental type. They won’t trade anyone off of the major league roster, they’ll trade B-level prospects and take on salary. The only exception to this I could see happening is if they can get a power bat who’ll be part of the team for the next few years, similar to the Penguins trade for James Neal this past season.
They’ll add a reliever who can strike people out, another catcher if Doumit/Snyder have setbacks, and the best RH bat they can get for value. Not money value; they have money to spend. Talent going back will be the key to any deal.