By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Over the last couple of days, the Pirates front office and manager Clint Hurdle met to discuss the team’s plans for the upcoming MLB Trade Deadline.

For the first time since 1997, the Pirates appear to be buyers at the July 31st deadline.

Will GM Neal Huntington pull the trigger on a major deal?

Obviously, the Bucs will be looking to add some offense at either first base or the outfield.

I think it would be smart to also look to add another potential starter or some relief pitching.

The rotation has been great till this point but there are signs that guys like Charlie Morton and James McDonald could be wearing down.

When talking about the bullpen, I’d like to see some veteran insurance behind All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan.

Here are some players that I’d like to see Huntington target at the deadline.

Michael Cuddyer, 1B/OF (Minnesota Twins) .296, 13 HR, 40 RBI
Carlos Pena, 1B (Chicago Cubs) .225, 19 HR, 48 RBI
Aramis Ramirez, 3B (Chicago Cubs) .298, 14 HR, 49 RBI
Jeff Francoeur, OF (Kansas City Royals) .268, 12 HR, 55 RBI
Ryan Ludwick, OF (San Diego Padres) .246, 11 HR, 56 RBI
Josh Willingham, OF (Oakland A’s) .232, 10 HR, 42 RBI
Melky Cabrera, OF (Kansas City Royals) .286, 11 HR, 48 RBI

Aaron Harang, SP (San Diego Padres) 7-2, 3.71 ERA
Jason Marquis, SP (Washington Nationals) 7-3, 4.11 ERA
Edwin Jackson, SP (Chicago White Sox) 5-7, 4.30 ERA
Matt Capps, RP (Minnesota Twins) 13 saves
Kerry Wood, RP (Chicago Cubs) 2.63 ERA
Jason Isringhausen, RP (NY Mets) 3.25 ERA
Mike Gonzalez, LHP (Baltimore Orioles)
George Sherrill, LHP (Los Angeles Dodgers)

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