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07:18 AM ET 08.28 | From the Twin Cities to three rivers? The Pirates upgraded their offense with their trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd on Tuesday, and they have their eye on Twins star first baseman Justin Morneau now. Morneau, the former AL MVP, would appear to be their next target following the trade with the Mets that netted them Byrd and catcher John Buck, as the Pirates continue to address offensive needs as they battle the Cardinals atop the NL Central Division. Pirates GM Neal Huntington has likely locked down NL Executive of the Year honors after winter trades and signings secured Francisco Liriano, Russell Martin and Mark Melancon. Now he is looking to secure the Pirates' first playoff spot since 1992 (the first winning record since that year is a fait acccompli at this point).

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August 28, 2013  08:22 AM ET

The Pirates seem to be all in. I wonder if they are jumping the gun a bit with this team by trading all their prospects for players who will be out of the game soon.

August 28, 2013  08:32 AM ET
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The Pirates seem to be all in. I wonder if they are jumping the gun a bit with this team by trading all their prospects for players who will be out of the game soon.

....if you have not had success in that long, and its staring you in the face....you go for it....bucs front office is killin it...

August 28, 2013  08:42 AM ET
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....if you have not had success in that long, and its staring you in the face....you go for it....bucs front office is killin it...

That comment makes sense. I'm confused.

August 28, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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That comment makes sense. I'm confused.

Maybe his account has been hacked.

August 28, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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....if you have not had success in that long, and its staring you in the face....you go for it....bucs front office is killin it...

How'd that work out for the Brewers when they completely emptied their farm system for the remote chance at a championship. Don't get me wrong strengthening the team is great. The deal with the Mets was a good idea. I just don't think mortgaging the entire future is worth what will still be an outside chance at winning a WS is a good idea. I think they can make it to the playoffs as they now sit, then its a crap shoot.

August 28, 2013  10:41 AM ET

*I just don't think mortgaging the entire future is worth what will still be an outside chance at winning a WS.

August 28, 2013  01:28 PM ET
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Maybe his account has been hacked.

Reverse-lobotomy?

August 29, 2013  05:39 AM ET
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The Pirates seem to be all in. I wonder if they are jumping the gun a bit with this team by trading all their prospects for players who will be out of the game soon.

They've hardly traded all their prospects let alone even all their top prospects.


I think you're just scared that these moves will ensure the Pirates win the Central over the Cards putting St. Louis into the play-in game.

 
August 29, 2013  10:07 AM ET

they haven't traded practically anything of significance. they are picking up bargains that are working out nicely so far.

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