With Neal Huntington ready to pull the plug three weeks ago, the Pirates responded with the franchise's first 11-game winning streak in 22 years, and they've won 15 of their last 18 to close within three games of the Wild Card two days before the non-waiver trade deadline.
Now, Huntington is deciding whether to add to the team or stand pat. During his final weekly press gathering before Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline, Huntington declined to reveal specifics about his strategy; however, he all but ruled out trading away veterans, expressed a willingness to part with the organization's top prospects and said he's actively engaged in trade talks as teams across the National League have already made significant additions.
"Of course we pay attention to it," Huntington said of activity across the NL. "We’re engaged in conversations on multiple players and we’d like to add to this group, and recognize that those that we’re chasing are adding and are cognizant of that. How it impacts what we’re able to do, at the end of the day we need to do what we feel is best for this club and best for this organization."