The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a couple of solid moves this off-season. However, they still have a few holes to fill going forward.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have answered a few questions so far this off-season. They were aggressive and able to retain Ivan Nova. They also felt that they needed to bring in a back-end of the bullpen righty arm, which they did with Daniel Hudson.
However, the Bucs still have a couple of holes on their roster that they need to fill. Also, they have players who they could move in a trade to clear up some roster space. There is one particular team that the Pittsburgh Pirates could deal with to help fill out some of the remaining roster questions this off-season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees have a history of making trades together. Specifically, Pirate’s General Manager Neal Huntington seems to have a strong, working relationship with Brian Cashman.
This history dates back as far as the Xavier Nady trade in 2008 and the AJ Burnett trade before the 2012 season. There have been several recent trades also. Those trades include when the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Francisco Cervelli (2014-15) and Ivan Nova (2016). The Bucs and Yankees always seem to be a good match for a trade.
The New York Yankees are looking for low-cost upside players. The Bucs have a few players to help fill the needs of the Yankees. Meanwhile, the Bucs would be able to move some of their more expensive, expiring contracts.
For the Pirates, clearing some of the money would be good, while for the Yankees these contracts are below their typical spending amount. What are the three trades that could happen between the two franchises?