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Owners of the best record in baseball, the Pirates stood pat at yesterday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
The 4 p.m. deadline passed in relative quiet. The biggest names, Alfonso Soriano and Matt Garza, moved teams well before the deadline. The biggest move today involved starter Jake Peavy, who went from the Chicago White Sox to the Boston Red Sox in a three-team deal that also involved the Detroit Tigers.
The Pirates, who enter tonight’s game at 64-42 with a 11/2-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central, did not upgrade their offense, which ranked 11th in the NL in runs per game and batting average. They looked at outfielders to help fill the void in right field, including the White Sox’s Alex Rios and the Chicago Cubs’ Nate Schierholtz, but did not make a serious push for them.
A source this afternoon said the Pirates had offers out and were willing to part with talented players, but their counterparts were not interested in selling.
The Pirates also checked in on Houston Astros starter Bud Norris, but a source said there was never much of a chance that deal advanced. The Astros ended up sending Norris to the Baltimore Orioles.
The Pirates still have the opportunity to make deals in August, provided the players they trade or acquire have cleared waivers. The change in the rules that removed draft pick compensation from in-season trades and the second wild card spot made teams less inclined to move their players unless overwhelmed by the return of top prospects.