What should we expect from the Pirates at the MLB Trade Deadline?

Radio.com MLB Insider on the Fan Morning Show

The Fan Morning Show
July 18, 2019 - 11:24 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - RADIO.com MLB Insider Jon Heyman joined Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack of the Fan Morning Show to discuss potential moves that the Pittsburgh Pirates might make at the MLB Trade Deadline and other headlines from around baseball.

First, Heyman was asked what the Pirates will do in the trade market over the next few weeks. Heyman believes that they are in a difficult spot between being a buyer and a seller.  

"I think that they are willing to sell a few players now," he said. "I think they will sell the expiring contract guys if they are not a clear contender."

Heyman feels that the likely candidates to be dealt by the Pirates are Jordan Lyles, Corey Dickerson and Melky Cabrera, all three of which are on expiring contracts. Still, Heyman said that he is unsure what the Pirates could get in return for these players.

With regards to Starling Marte and Filipe Vasquez, Heyman is not ready to say that the Pirates will deal both players.

"I think a trade for Marte or Vasquez is very unlikely," Heyman said. "Cerntainly there is going to be a lot of interest in Vasquez, and he would bring a lot back. If you look at the last few years, the relievers that were traded actually brought back more than the starters. And this is a guy with a lot of years to go on his contract."

Heyman also agrees with Colin that Gregory Polanco's star is diminishing before he ever reached his full potential.

"I would not give up completely," he said. "He has not proven he can stay healthy, he has not produced like people thought he was going to produce. He's got skills, but that does not guarantee that someone is going to put it together and become a star."

The interview also touched on Chris Archer's outlook and the Pirates organizational pitching philosophy.

Listen to the whole segment below!