The Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place. Clearly, they intend to stay there.
Major-league sources told FOXSports.com the Pirates have had preliminary trade discussions regarding two power-hitting outfielders, San Diego's Carlos Quentin and Arizona's Justin Upton. Talent evaluators from those two clubs have scouted Pittsburgh's minor-league affiliates in recent days, as the teams prepare preference lists of prospects they want in the potential deals.
It seems unlikely the Pirates would acquire both Quentin and Upton, but they have a strong desire to upgrade their lineup by landing one of them. Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is putting together an MVP season in the No. 3 spot, but he will see fewer pitches to hit in the second half unless general manager Neal Huntington adds a cleanup hitter. Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee have batted fourth for the Pirates in recent days.
Quentin would come at a lower prospect price, because he's eligible for free agenc...