Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/29/14

Here are the latest trade rumors, with any additional rumors being added to the bottom throughout the day.

**Jim Bowden reports that the Pirates are aggressively trying to land a middle of the order bat. He also notes that Neal Huntington’s first choice is Justin Upton, but says that Huntington would have to deal Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon, plus Starling Marte, to get a deal done.

**One middle of the order bat the Pirates have been linked to is Carlos Quentin. But Quentin might not be on the market. Scott Miller of CBSSports.com says that the Padres could keep Quentin and try to re-sign him this winter. That’s a move that doesn’t make much sense. We saw the Chicago Cubs take the same route last year with Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez. The Cubs didn’t re-sign either player. They ended up getting one compensation pick each for Pena and Ramirez, although that will be a lot harder for Quentin under the new rules. The strategy doesn’t make sense for the Padres, since trading Quentin wouldn’t hurt their chances of re-signing him in the off-season.


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