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MLB Trade Rumors: Pirates, Phillies Swap A Possibility

The Pirates already completed a deal for Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez, but that doesn't mean they're done making moves. Jayson Stark suggests that an in-state trade between the Pirates and Phillies might be a possibility.

The Pirates also have portrayed themselves to other clubs as a team that's now more likely to just keep running Starling Marte out there than to deal for a bat. But one exec who spoke with them told us: "Watch out for the Pirates and Phillies." Pittsburgh has had interest in Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence. And the Phillies have scouted the Pirates and their system extensively. But teams in touch with the Phillies are still describing their buy-or-sell stance as a "holding pattern."

The Pirates' surest path to upgrading their offense would be acquiring a shortstop, but there aren't many available. It wouldn't make any sense for them to send Marte back to the minors, but it's still the case that Alex Presley hasn't hit much this season and would probably be better-suited for a fourth outfielder role. Either Victorino or Pence would fit in well for the Bucs, although Pence would probably cost more than the Pirates would be willing to give up.

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