By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Last week I played manager and gave Clint Hurdle lineup suggestions. Today, I’m going to list 10 players that I’d like to see GM Neal Huntington attempt to trade for.

It’s not secret the Pirates offense is struggling to score runs.

The struggles range from the core players (Jose Tabata, Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez) up to the veterans (Lyle Overbay, Matt Diaz, Garrett Jones).

It’s time that Huntington and Pirate President Frank Coonley go out and do something about it.

How about showing Pirate fans and the players in the locker room that the organization is serious about winning and go out and make a in-season trade.

When’s the last time the Pirates did that? Maybe Shawon Dunston back in 1997?

Just admit that the free agent signings of Lyle Overbay and Matt Diaz aren’t working out. Admit they were mistakes.

In my opinion, Huntington has to go out and acquire either a RF or 1B.

If it takes giving up Paul Maholm, Ryan Doumit or a Triple/Double A pitching prospect to get a bat, do it.

Here are ten players that I’d rather see in a Pirate uniform than Diaz or Overbay.
1) Jeff Francouer, Kansas City (Free agent after the season)
2) Melky Cabrera, Kansas City
3) Jason Kubel, Minnesota (Free agent after the season)
4) Michael Cuddyer, Minnesota (Free agent after the season)
5) Carlos Quentin, White Sox
6) Ryan Ludwick, San Diego (Free agent after the season)
7) Jorge Cantu, San Diego (Free agent after the season)
8) Cody Ross, San Francisco (Free agent after the season)
9) Josh Willinham, Oakland (Free agent after the season)
10) Nick Swisher, NY Yankees (Free agent after the season)

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