The Pittsburgh Pirates were outperforming expectations to start the 2022 MLB season, but a recent 1-9 stretch has them crashing back down to earth. The front office should now be preparing for the trade deadline and ESPN MLB insider Bradford Doolittle recently named the three Pirates most likely to be dealt by August.
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Doolittle highlights that Pittsburgh has one clear trade chip and that is veteran pitcher Jose Quintana. The 33-year-old is in the midst of his best season since he made the All-Star game in 2016. Quintana owns a respectable 3.53 ERA in 2022 to go along with a 1.33 WHIP across 12 starts (58.2 innings).
If the Pirates want to keep stocking up on prospects, they can look to deal reliever David Bednar as well. The fourth-year pro has emerged as a reliable closer (13 saves) and has posted a 1.24 ERA in 24 appearances. Any contending team looking for bullpen help would surely pay up to acquire Bednar.
The last name Doolittle mentions is outfielder Bryan Reynolds. While Reynolds is only 27 years old, Pittsburgh has a number of minor league outfielders waiting for their opportunity to come. Trading away a player with a career slash line of .284/.362/.481 would surely bring back a great package.
No matter what, the Pirates line up to be sellers at the July deadline and it'll be interesting to see who they view as expendable and who they view as indispensable. This is a roster full of potential talent, so it's safe to say the fan base will be keeping a close eye on the front office's upcoming moves.
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