Bucs willing to listen

Management has promised Pirates fans that this Trade Deadline period will not be like the last two, which featured an exodus of veteran players and an influx of young talent. That talent accumulation period is mostly over, which means the organization doesn’t feel like it has to pull the trigger on any proposed deal. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean nothing will happen.

Pittsburgh will listen to anyone who comes with a proposal, and the likeliest candidates to go are the players under one-year contracts. That’s a group that includes outfielder Ryan Church, infielder Bobby Crosby and relievers Brendan Donnelly and D.J. Carrasco. Octavio Dotel can be added to that list if the Pirates aren’t planning to exercise his $4.5 million option for 2011. With these guys likely to be playing elsewhere next season, Pittsburgh can get something back if they trade them away now.

Catcher Ryan Doumit and left-handers Zach Duke and Paul Maholm have been asked about in the past and again, the Pirates will listen to any offers brought their way. Maholm would be able to net the biggest return at this point, but the Pirates would need to be overwhelmed by an offer to agree to part with the team’s most (and often, only) reliable starter. Maholm is also under the team’s control for two more seasons and at quite a reasonable price tag.

Jenifer Langosch

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