Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the team could move a veteran starting pitcher like Paul Maholm or Zach Duke by tomorrow's trading deadline for the right price.
"If the package is appropriate for one of our starting pitchers, we are willing to consider a move," Huntington said in an interview with the Post-Gazette. "If the interest is in one of our starting pitchers who is one year away from free agency, that shifts the tolerance accordingly as we would be able to re-invest their potential dollars into a major-league starting pitcher -- via trade or free agency -- and add valuable multiyear pieces to our major-league club and/or system. Again, we will need to feel good about the return to make a move."
He also added later...
"We do not see moving a core piece."