Pittsburgh Pirates Offseason Simulation: Trade with the Phillies

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have a lot of action already this offseason with trying to find a new front office.  What could they look to do with the roster this offseason?

For the last few years, the MLB Division at FanSided has put together an offseason simulation with the sites playing General Manager.  I am in charge of the Pittsburgh Pirates offseason simulation this year.  Each team has been able to submit trades to one another as well as trying to bid on free agents.

Trade talks started early this offseason and the most interest was in Starling Marte.  Marte represents an all-star caliber outfielder on a cheap two-year contract.  There is an expectation that many teams will be checking in on Marte during the actual offseason so this makes sense.  The centerfield market is one of the weakest free agent positions which makes Marte all the more coveted.

There were multiple teams in on Marte with the strongest interest coming from the National League East.  The New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, and Philadelphia Phillies were all trying to work deals for the outfielder.  A few other teams called as well like the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres, but talks never picked up due to them not wanting to meet the asking price.