Neal Huntington spent another trade deadline making incremental improvements to his major league roster, adding Aramis Ramirez, Joe Blanton, Joakim Soria, J.A. Happ and Michael Morse at a negligible cost. While there’s no risk in the moves that were made, there’s also very little opportunity for reward. Were those deals enough to put the Pirates in position to make a run deep into the postseason?
Following a loss at the hands of Jake Arrieta and the Cubs on Wednesday, it starts to become a question of whether or not the Pirates are strong enough to withstand the pressure being applied by other National League contenders. With A.J. Burnett disabled and Happ filling a rotation spot – combined with other teams’ splashier acquisitions – is it wrong to worry about the squad with the NL’s second best record?
The hosts talk about the deadline in context of 2015 and beyond, mentioning Tyler Glasnow, Josh Bell and the upcoming offseason, but don’t lose sight of the playoff race this team finds itself in.