July 16, 2019
This being of July, Major League Baseball has a trading deadline that expires on the last day of this month. Will we see any players moved from the current Pittsburgh Pirates roster?
The bigger question is, does a fire sale begin with the Bucs? Now having lost their last four games to teams in their division that are also ahead of them in the standings, despite being just 5 ½ games behind the Chicago Cubs still, is the front office considering a preparation for team improvements for 2020?
After a 7-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday, there is a buzz on the internet about possible trades before the deadline. Several Buccos are named.
Top 20 MLB position player trade candidates
theScore Staff, theScore.com
With Major League Baseball's trade deadline approaching, theScore's MLB editors break down 20 position players who could be moved ahead of July 31.
4. Starling Marte, OF, Pirates
Marte has put last year's 80-game PED suspension behind him and remains a solid outfielder with power and speed. It's no guarantee that the Pirates will want to part with the 30-year-old, but a pair of upcoming team options - $11.5 million in 2020, $12.5 million in 2021 - would make him the highest-paid player on a club that's not known for big spending. Those additional years of control make him an attractive trade candidate and could generate a nice return for Pittsburgh.
Probability of trade: 6/10
Potential suitors: Twins, White Sox, Indians, Athletics, Nationals, Phillies
11. Corey Dickerson, OF, Pirates
Dickerson has been one of the more underappreciated outfielders in the game over the last three years. He was an All-Star in 2017 and won a Gold Glove the following season. However, injuries have limited Dickerson to just 32 games this year, which could affect the return Pittsburgh receives. The Pirates shopped the 30-year-old this winter, and even despite being in the playoff hunt, expect them to try and get something for the impending free agent.
Probability of trade: 7/10
Potential suitors: Twins, Indians, Athletics, Nationals, Phillies, Rockies
18. Melky Cabrera, OF, Pirates
Cabrera continues to be productive even into his 15th season. The veteran corner outfielder isn't a game-changer, but he is a solid on-base threat with some pop and owns the best strikeout percentage (9.5 percent) of his career. Cabrera will hit free agency at the end of this campaign, making it likely that the Pirates opt to move him.
Probability of trade: 9/10
Potential suitors: Red Sox, Twins, Indians, Athletics, Nationals, Rockies, Phillies, Cubs, Cardinals
Top 20 MLB pitcher trade candidates
8. Felipe Vazquez, RP, Pirates
If available, there's no question that Vazquez would be the top reliever on the market. Over the past three seasons, the left-hander is the only closer with at least 10 saves and a sub-2.20 ERA, and he's converted 78 saves during that span. The Pittsburgh Pirates, currently hovering around .500, would reportedly want two of the Los Angeles Dodgers' top four prospects, so he won't come cheap. It's understandable since he's on an extremely team-friendly deal and is due a maximum of $33.5 million through 2023.
Probability of trade: 2/10
Potential suitors: Dodgers, Red Sox, Nationals, Braves, Phillies, Twins, Athletics, Rays
As the NFL’s teams prepare to open their respective training camps, wide receiver Golden Tate now playing with the Detroit Lions was formerly with the Seattle Seahawks the only two teams he has played for in his pro career. So today, he had this to say about this current starting quarterback:
“Matthew Stafford's been the best quarterback I've played with. The guy can flat-out play, he's tough, and his attitude is amazing and he just wants to play ball. For me, I have nothing but praises for him.”
Uhmm…he’s only played with Russell Wilson and Stafford. While they are both very good, there are a handful of other QBs out there better (Brady, Brees, Rivers, Roethlisberger to name a few). I wonder had he played on the Jaguars last year would he have said Blake Bortles is the best signal caller he ever played with?
Martavis Bryant is done with football just yet. The embattled ex-Steelers receiver who was suspended last December for breaking the rules of his previous reinstatement has applied again to be reinstated. Bryant has undergone treatment for mental health issues most recently and what was once believed to be an outstanding talent has turned into another Josh Gordon.
How good will the Pittsburgh Steelers be this forthcoming season? Former Black and Gold running back and ESPN personality Merrill Hoge weighs in:
“I think the key word here is team. Teams win championships. Quarterbacks don’t win championships, defenses don’t and offenses don’t. They have a lot of weapons there and they feel more like a team now. I like their odds better this year than I did last year.”