Pittsburgh Pirates' Players That Could Be Moved by MLB Trade Deadline

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 31:  Felipe Vazquez #73 celebrates with Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates after a 9-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on May 31, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates | Joe Sargent

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The Pittsburgh Pirates were one of baseball's surprise teams early in the season and were actually sitting in first place in the National League Central at one point. Ultimately, they revealed their true colors as the season rolled along and slowly slid down the standings.

Now sitting at 30-34 and seven games behind first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central, Pittsburgh will likely have to come to terms with the fact that there's a distinct possibility they'll be sellers around the MLB Trade deadline.

With that in mind, here are the three Pirates players most likely to be moved by the MLB Trade Deadline.

3. Francisco Liriano, SP/RP

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 31:  Francisco Liriano #47 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park on May 31, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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A move to the bullpen has seemingly done wonders for Francisco Liriano, who finds himself in the middle of one of the finest seasons of his career. The 35-year-old southpaw owns an excellent 2.35 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings pitched in relief (30 appearances). Liriano's late-inning dominance should put him on several teams' radars around the trade deadline and his ability to start in a pinch should give him added value.

2. Starling Marte, OF

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 04: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates makes a sliding catch on a ball off the bat of Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics in the third inning during the game at PNC Park on May 4, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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Starling Marte is in the middle of a great 2019 campaign and should garner plenty of trade interest as long as he keeps playing well. The 30-year-old outfielder is slashing a respectable .281/.324/.448 with seven homers, 26 RBI and 11 stolen bases on 12 attempts. Marte is the definition of a five-tool player and his all-around skillset and Gold Glove-caliber defense in centerfield should make him an attractive trade piece to any contender looking to bolster their outfield.

1. Felipe Vazquez, RP

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 05:  Felipe Vazquez #73 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park on June 5, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Felipe Vazquez has been one of the few brights spots in Pittsburgh's 28th-ranked bullpen (5.59 ERA) this season and is as dominant a closer as can be. The 2018 All-Star sports a 2.30 ERA and has successfully converted 15 of his 16 save opportunities on the year. High-leverage relief arms are always in high demand at the trade deadline and Vazquez will likely be near the top of every bullpen-needy contender's wishlist come August.

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