The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the 2021 MLB season with no real expectations. This franchise hoped to make some noise with their young roster, but it's evident this team is still stuck in rebuild mode. Pittsburgh owns just +20000 odds to win the NL Central, according to the latest MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
And, this team currently sits in last-place with an 18-26 overall record. Pittsburgh will likely shift their focus towards the MLB trade deadline in July. With that in mind, check out the three most likely Pirates to be traded away.
Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Candidates
1. Adam Frazier, 2B
Adam Frazier has been the lone bright spot on one of the league's worst offenses (152 total runs). The 29-year-old 2B/OF owns a .339/.402/.471 slash line this season and has been a pesky option at the top of Pittsburgh's lineup. He leads the team with 59 hits on the season and ranks second with 23 runs scored. He's set for arbitration this offseason and free agency the following year. This makes Frazier a prime candidate to be dealt, especially considering the rebuild direction this franchise needs to take.
2. Tyler Anderson, SP
Tyler Anderson's pitching lines haven't been stellar this season, but he's still a reliable back-of-rotation option. The 31-year-old left-hander signed with Pittsburgh in free agency this past offseason and should hope to find himself on a winning club by the deadline. In 9 starts, Anderson is 3-4 with a 4.73 ERA. However, he strikes out close to 9 batters per nine innings and could provide depth in any rotation looking to eat up innings. Anderson's recent deal was only for one-year, so he's a potential loaner option at the deadline.
3. Richard Rodriguez, CP
Richard Rodriguez has been brilliant at the back end of Pittsburgh's bullpen. The closer has appeared in 18 games this season, notching 6 saves to the tune of a stifling 0.47 ERA. He hasn't given up a single home run in 19.0 innings and would be a nice addition to any contender's bullpen. Rodriguez is also 31 and owns two more seasons of arbitration, making him an attractive option at the deadline. This has been, by far, the best season he's put together throughout his short 5-year career and the Pirates should see what kind of return he'll earn.
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