Top 5 Best Trades in Pittsburgh Pirates History

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Sep 18, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington (left) talks with Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington (right) on the field before the Pirates host the Red Sox at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates have been around since 1887 and in that time they’ve made some bad trades and of course some good ones. This list makes up five of the best in my opinion, not the only great trades in franchise history and I am sure it will cause some debate. I am sure I’ve forgotten some other vital trades, but to me these five deals are pivotal because they were all franchise altering or caused a hugely memorable moment as a result of the deal.

Trades are always so thrilling because they represent change and change can be either exciting or scary depending on where your team is in the standings. I do know one thing for sure, being buyers is way more thrilling than being sellers. However, you cannot ignore some of the important trades the Pirates made while being sellers. The saving grace of being sellers is that you never know which trade ends up helping turn your team go from losers to winners. You may trade a hugely popular player that lands you some major pieces to division winning teams or a rental that helps your team return to glory from the abyss of a 20 year losing streak.

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