With the exception of OF Starling Marte, the Pirates farm system really has no position players that would be valued in a trade (I assume they will not trade C Tony Sanchez). I think it's also safe to assume they will not trade any of their upside pitching talent like Taillon, Allie, Heredia etc.
I think it comes down to them not having the bullets in the farm system to make any kind of meaningful trade this year - even assuming they wanted to add a bat in the outfield or at 1B.
We'll find out a lot about them in the next 2 weeks. The Pirates have a 10 game stretch against the Cardinals, Braves and Phillies starting July 22 who are something like a combined 45 games over .500. Let's see where they are July 30.
The other thing that the Pirates are going to bump up into at the end of August and early September is their starting pitching staff innings.
While their staff has some quasi-veterans on it like Maholm, Correia, Karstens and Morton, none of their starters with the exeption of Maholm pitched more than 120 innings last year and a few pitched under a 100 innings. They're going to have some tough decisions on how big an innings jump they want their current starting staff to undertake and what impact that has on their health next year and beyond.
I agree with L4H....everyone here is saying they need a bat....I think they need an innings eating starter to supplement the rotation - even if it means going to a 6 man rotation at some point so half their staff doesn't end up needing Tommy John surgery next year.