Pittsburgh Pirates: Expectations for the 2023 Trade Deadline

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Today marks a crucial day in the world of Major League Baseball - the trade deadline. As teams scramble to make last-minute moves, the Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves amidst the frenzy, contemplating whether to make significant changes or just make the obvious moves that everyone is expecting. The Trade Deadline for Major League Baseball is always one of the most exciting times of the year.

One of the first notable trades for the Pittsburgh Pirates was the departure of veteran first baseman Carlos Santana. The move signifies the team's willingness to make moves at this year's deadline. Santana's experience and bat have been valuable, but the Pittsburgh Pirates seem determined to focus on developing young talent and building a strong foundation for the seasons to come.

However, Santana might not be the only familiar face exiting Pittsburgh. With the trade deadline looming, there are rumors surrounding other veterans on expiring contracts, including starting pitcher Rich Hill and catcher Austin Hedges. Both players have brought veteran leadership to the team, but their potential departure could free up valuable roster space and create opportunities for young prospects to step up. The reason the teams sign veterans to 1-year deals is typically to move them for a return.

On the other hand, it's essential to note that not all of the trade talk centers around expiring contracts. Two names, in particular, have surfaced in the rumor mill - Mitch Keller and David Bednar. While it's less likely for the Pirates to deal with these young players, doing so would undoubtedly make a more significant splash in the trade market. So will they make a big splash today?