Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 10/25/14
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For the second season in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in buying mode in the second half of the Major League Baseball season, and they’re eyeing a few of the big fish on the market. After Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pirates are one game back of the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central, and they’re tied with the Atlanta Braves for the top Wild Card spot in the NL. Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com is reporting that the Pirates are currently discussing two potential trades, one with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the other with the San Diego Padres. The players the Pirates are targeting are both corner outfielders, Carlos Quentin and Justin Upton. Obviously, the younger, more talented Upton is the team’s primary focus. Jayson Stark tweeted that the Pirates have emerged as a “serious bidder” for Upton, who, as we have pointed out before, seems to be on his way out of Arizona. The Pirates have invested a ton of money in the draft over the past few seasons, but...
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