Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 7/26/12

After it was announced that Starling Marte would be promoted tomorrow, I started getting the following question on Twitter: Do you think the Pirates will make any more moves now that Starling Marte is up?

My answer: yes. My reasoning: look at the pitching.

The pitching staff has been strong this year. Not only has it been strong, but it has depth. Jeff Locke, Justin Wilson, and previously Rudy Owens were tearing it up in Triple-A. Yet the Pirates didn’t seem comfortable going to them, other than as spot start or emergency options. They went out and acquired Wandy Rodriguez, trading three top prospects away. Rodriguez upgrades the rotation, but upgrading the rotation wasn’t a big need. The glaring weakness was Kevin Correia (who has been legitimately pitching well the last few starts since the All-Star break), and he could have been upgraded by one of the three Indianapolis left-handers.

To sum it up, pitching wasn’t a big need, and the Pirates had plenty of options in Triple-A, yet they traded for outside help.

Now let’s look at the offense. It’s almost the exact opposite of the pitching situation. The offense is a need. There aren’t plenty of options in Triple-A. Even when you bring Starling Marte up to cover one of the corner outfield spots, you’ve got a second spot that has been covered by guys like Drew Sutton and Josh Harrison, who are better suited for the bench. And there’s no one else to join Marte from Triple-A. So either Marte is the entire answer for the offense, or he’s just part of the solution.

I can’t see him being their answer. If they weren’t comfortable going with a rookie pitcher to solve their minor weakness in a good pitching staff, why would the Pirates be comfortable going with a rookie hitter to solve a much bigger hole: the offense?

I don’t think the Pirates are done at all. They wouldn’t have scouted every potentially available hitter on the market just to call up Starling Marte five days before the deadline, trade for a pitcher, and avoid adding a hitter. We know Neal Huntington has been one of the most active GMs on the trade market. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a few more deals in the next five days, with one more offensive piece coming in to join Marte in upgrading the roster.

Links and Notes

**The Pirates beat the Cubs 3-2 today.

**Pirates Notebook: Correia Could Be the Odd Man Out of the Rotation.

**Prospect Watch: Cole and Taillon Struggle, Holmes Continues to Dominate.

**Errors And Former Tribe Pitcher Defeat Indians.

**Starling Marte Will Join the Pirates in Houston Tomorrow, Meek Demoted.

**It’s Starling Marte Time: What to Love and What to Fear.

**Trade Rumors: Red Sox Outfielders, Chase Headley.

**Pirates Could Trade Karstens or Correia.

**Pirates Looking For a Bat, Bidding on Victorino.

**Justin Upton Unlikely to be Traded.

**Duke Welker Placed on Indianapolis DL.

**Minor League Schedule: 7/26/12.


GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jim Brown: I ‘encourage and support’ Johnny Manziel

Vincent criticizes NFLPA over spending millions on lawsuits

MLB urges Supreme Court to deny San Jose's A's appeal

Jeanie Buss: Phil Jackson loves the Twitter criticism

Vikings RB McKinnon: If I had a fantasy team, I'd take myself

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Kings have had discussions with John Calipari

De’Andre Johnson charged with misdemeanor battery

Russell Wilson on salary: If it's $25M or $1.5M, I'll be ready to go

Luke Ridnour reportedly traded for fourth time in a week

Scottie Pippen: I was LeBron James before LeBron James

Report: Marc Gasol only visiting with Memphis Grizzlies

Fan who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th says he’s received threats

Diamondbacks are contenders, but team's direction is unclear

Selecting the 2015 American League All-Stars

Jim Harbaugh is recruiting a prospect he once babysat

Conan makes Marshawn's wildest dreams come true

Brett Favre dons Packers jersey, says, 'I think I could still play'

Bo Knows, Bo Goes: Wisconsin feels pride and pain

Popovich won't call free agents at midnight, he'll be in bed

Joe Buck explains why he quit Twitter

Should the White Sox and Indians become sellers?

Fan bases most deserving of a Super Bowl 50 win

2015 NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Under the radar NBA free agents

Michael Sam, boyfriend broke up?

Mickelson linked to money laundering?

Reminiscing on 'Love & Basketball' 15 years later

Selecting the 2015 NL All-Stars

The Sixers' latest horde

Projected landing spots for NBA's top free agents

MLB changes format for Home Run Derby

Revis to work out with Patriots DBs

Peterson: I'm still NFL's best RB

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.