Top 5 Best Trades in Pittsburgh Pirates History

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Mar 5, 2015; Bradenton, FL, USA; A general view of the Pittsburgh Pirates during batting practice before the game against the New York Yankees at a spring training baseball game at McKechnie Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

From 1993 through 2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates were always sellers at the trade deadline. For the better part of 20 years, the trade deadline was simply a time when Pirates fans said goodbye to their good players and wished them well with their new teams. The Pirates have an extremely mixed history with trades. They’ve made some inexcusably horrible trades through out their history, but like baseball itself, trades are a game of ebbs and flows. For every bad Pirates trade there is a good one. Today I am going to discuss the all time top 5 best Pirates trades of all time. I gage a good trade by how it impacted the Pirates at the time of the trade and how it impacted the Pirates in the future. I also measure what the Pirates got compared to what they gave up.

So, without further ado…

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