2:48 AM EDT, Sun July 23, 2017
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pirates had to have this Brewers series. Thursday, they got it.

Adam Frazier had not yet walked off against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday when Pirates general manager Neal Huntington addressed the implications the upcoming four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers would have on his trade-deadline strategy.

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Felipe Rivero's name surfaces in wild trade speculation

With MLB’s July 31 trade deadline approaching, it’s not surprising to see Pirates such as outfielder Andrew McCutchen, starter Gerrit Cole and reliever Tony Watson pop up in trade speculation. All of them are coming to the ends of their respective contracts within the next couple of years, so it’s natural that they’d be mentioned as candidates to be moved, the idea being the Pirates might want to get something for those players while they can rather than risk losing them for nothing in free agency.

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How much will the Brewers series impact the Pirates' trade deadline strategy?

How convenient: After a season without clarity, lacking both positive momentum and a playoff hopes-killing losing streak, the Pirates get a four-game series against the division leaders 14 days before the trade deadline.

Beaver County Times

Pirates realize significance of home stand to start season's second half

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates start the second half on Friday and their first two series out of the chute might go a long way to deciding whether they are buyers or sellers for the Major League Baseball trade deadline on…

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If the Pirates want to contend, the next week is a good time to show it

The Pirates trail the Brewers, who finished the first half on an 8-2 run, in the standings by seven games. They are 11/2 games back of the Cardinals. If the players are going to convince the front office to add before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, this is the week to do so: They have seven games at home against the Cards and Brewers. 

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No 'clear-cut answer' to what Pirates will do as trade deadline nears

The All-Star break behind them, the Pirates start the season’s second half Friday with the non-waiver trade deadline looming large in the distance. At 42-47, the fourth-place Pirates are seven games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central division. Technically, they are alive in the playoff race. But buzzards are circling.

Beaver County Times

Analysis: Pirates' expiring contracts most likely to go at the MLB trade deadline

If anything, Pirates GM Neal Huntington will most likely approach the deadline with the same mindset that he did in 2016, writes Alan Saunders.

Beaver County Times

Mueller: Weak NL Central has Pirates in trade deadline limbo

Thanks to the stupefying mediocrity of the National League Central, Pirates GM Neal Huntington will have to wait at least another week and a half, perhaps two and a half, to make a decision on whether to bolster or blow…

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Ron Cook: OK with Pirates thinking ahead to 2018

These are challenging times for Neal Huntington. He has much to decide before the trade deadline at the end of the month. Not about this season’s Pirates team. It’s clearly not good enough, 42-47 at the All-Star break, 7 games behind first-place Milwaukee. I can’t believe so many are saying Huntington should buy before the deadline. Really? I’m talking about next season’s club. Will it have a chance to contend for a championship with Starling Marte for a full season and perhaps Jung Ho Kang? Should Huntington keep Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole to enhance that team’s chances or...

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Pirates report card: Bill Brink grades the first half of the season

As tough a decision as owner Bob Nutting, general manager Neal Huntington and the Pirates front office have heading into the second half of the season and the trade deadline, they aren’t alone.

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Trade value for Andrew McCutchen, Gerrit Cole increases as deadline looms

The two most valuable trade pieces the Pirates possess leading up to the July 31 trade deadline trace divergent paths. The circumstances surrounding one, Andrew McCutchen, are conducive to a trade, but there are few clear-cut suitors. The Pirates have no need or desire to move the other, Gerrit Cole, but his high value and some logical destinations generate the conversation.

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Paul Zeise: The Pirates should be cautious sellers at the trade deadline

The Pirates have a month to decide whether they will buy or sell at the trade deadline. 

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Pirates aren't sweating about trade deadline

ST. LOUIS — With fewer than five weeks left before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the Pirates have 35 wins and 41 losses. They marched into Monday, their final day off before the All-Star break, five games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers in a tightly clustered National League Central Division and trailing by 11 games in the wild-card standings.