Pittsburgh Pirates’ early needs moving towards trade deadline

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Jun 12, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher

Jeff Locke

(49) waits in the dugout as his start against the Philadelphia Phillies is delayed by rain at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The trade deadline is still over a month away, but the Pittsburgh Pirates, like every other contender, will be looking for ways to improve the team to keep pace with the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. Following an 11-0 beat-down of the Chicago White Sox on Monday night, it doesn’t seem like the Pirates have any glaring needs, at least on the surface. But there are always ways to improve a team, even for the best of the best. What positions can the Pirates upgrade as the team nears the trade deadline this year?

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