By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- As the MLB Trade Deadline approaches, more names are being connected with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Yesterday, GM Neal Huntington publicly stated what position he’s looking to acquire.

While on the MLB Network Radio, Huntington told host Jim Bowden that he was looking to add a starting pitcher, a bullpen arm and a position player.

Here’s the latest Pirate trade speculation:
*John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus says that the Pirates are stepping up their pursuit of an 8th-inning reliever. More of a priority than a bat right now. Hearing Athletics RHP Grant Balfour.

*Ken Rosenthal of Fox speculates that the Bucs could be a match for Phillies Triple A right-hander Jason Grilli. The Phillies have to make a decision on Grilli in the next two days because he received a major-league offer yesterday (no word on what team it came from).

Grilli pitched for Pirates manager Clint Hurdle in Colorado during the 2008 and ’09 season. According to Rosenthal, Grilli is throwing 93 to 95 MPH with a power slider. Keep your eye on that name.

*Rosenthal also tweets that the Pirates are also looking at the Orioles’ Koji Uehara. Statistically, Uehara is one of the best relievers available. Uehara earns $3MM this year, and a $4MM option for next year vests with 15 more appearances.

*The Pirates have reportedly entered the Carlos Beltran Sweepstakes. Jon Heyman of tweets that the they’ve have called on Beltran. Keep in mind that Beltran is a 10-5 player, meaning he’ll have to approve any trade. Would he be willing to come to Pittsburgh?

UPDATED (8:25 AM):
*The Pirates have reportedly gotten some help for their bullpen by signing righty reliever Jason Grilli. No official word from the team but based on the pitcher’s tweet: “Black & Yellow! Black & Yellow! Black & Yellow! Cannot wait to join the new squadron’, it sounds like he’s coming to Pittsburgh.

Grilli, 34, has a 1.93 ERA, 11.8 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, and 0.6 HR/9 in 32 2/3 innings for the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate this year. Grilli gives Hurdle another option in the bullpen.