3 Pirates Most Likely to Be Dealt at the Trade Deadline
The last time that the Pittsburgh Pirates were at least .500 during the 2022 MLB season was all the way back on April 24. Although they were four games away from reaching an even record earlier this month, a 1-10 record over their last 11 games has crushed all sense of optimism.
Unless there's an unexpected turnaround, all signs point to the Pirates being sellers when the MLB trade deadline arrives. Pittsburgh has several veteran players that they could move for future assets, making them a team to watch in the coming weeks.
The MLB trade deadline is August 2, and these three Pirates are the most likely to be moved before the first week in August.
Pirates Trade Rumors
1. Jose Quintana, SP
The Pirates haven't given fans much to cheer about this year, but Jose Quintana has been solid more often than not each time he takes the mound. Although his 1-4 record in 12 starts is far from his best, the 33-year-old veteran southpaw owns a respectable 3.53 ERA with only 0.8 home runs allowed per nine innings. An upcoming free agent on a cheap $2 million deal, Quintana is the type of pitcher contending teams love to add to their rotation ahead of the deadline. Throw in the fact that he's arguably one of Pittsburgh's top trade chips and it won't be a shock if he's gone before August.
2. Ben Gamel, OF
Ben Gamel might not be the flashiest available player, but his versatility should make him a trade deadline target for multiple teams. The 30-year-old, who'll be a free agent this winter, can play each outfield position, making him a great bench player to have in case of late-season injuries. Aside from that, he's been moderately productive with three HRs and 16 RBIs while batting .257 in 140 at-bats this season. Gamel doesn't have the postseason experience that some teams are looking for, but he's a solid utility player that can contribute wherever a team needs him. That's the type of individual who can help win a championship.
3. Chris Stratton, RP
Chris Stratton was a reliable reliever to the Pirates over the previous two seasons but hasn't been having much success this year. Even though he's 3-3 in 26 appearances, his 5.68 ERA is the worst of his career and he's already blown four of his six save attempts. The Tupelo, MS native has proven that he can be a solid bullpen arm in the past, leaving a change in scenery as one thing that could help him get back to that level. Stratton is also eligible for arbitration this offseason as well, making him attractive for any team that's hoping to land more than a rental.
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