Pirates have been much more entertaining than in previous years, and they come out of the All-Star break six games under at 44-50.
There may or may not be a whole lot of talk about trading players soon. The place to get prospects, I think, is the draft. I have not done any scientific studies of the question, but I doubt any of those fabled winning small-market franchises were built on trading very good players for lottery tickets. More likely they drafted well year after year.
As far as I know, too, the Pirates are under no great need to trim salary.
And it also does not look to me like the Pirates have a lot of top minor-league talent that's blocked. Is it so urgent that Pearce graduate? If so, he's about the only one.
The team surely needs more reliable starters. So does most every other team in the league. The Pirates will have to grow their own. It's hard to see how trading Xavier Nady would solve the problems with the rotation.
Tonight it's Maholm and Jimenez in mountain time at like 9 o'clock.