Huntington may sit this one out
If the Pirates take the ongoing second game of their doubleheader with the Cardinals and increase their NL Central lead to a game-and-a-half and their record to 22 games over .500 — I think Neal Huntington will sit out this Trade Deadline.
Could you blame him?
A year ago, the Bucs were at their 16-games-over-.500 peak at the Deadline, and we know where Huntington’s dealing got them thereafter.
If you are the Pirates GM, do you risk making moves with the club again at its season peak of 22 over? Could you even bear the thought of the moves again misfiring?
I think not. If a no-brainer move presents itself, one so obviously advantageous that even having it backfire would not be laid at Huntington’s feet, sure. But no such players appear available in the current market.
Otherwise, he will not be in a mood to hazard the club’s obvious feel-and-play-good vibes on anything marginal. And any criticism of that would be unfair.
When you own the best record in the Major Leagues, “status quo” does take on a different meaning.