The Pirates continue to be active in trade talks as they hope to become the sole leader of the NL Central. We haven't seen Pittsburgh actively buying at a trade deadline in a very long time, but this appears to be real, people. We'll cover the latest Pirates rumors of the day here, which appear to consist of talks on position players for the most part.
- Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports has reported that the Pirates are talking to the Rockies about catcher Chris Iannetta, although names haven't been exchanged yet. The Rox have never really seemed appreciate the 28-year-old Iannetta's skill set, which comes with lots of power and walks but a whole ton of whiffs on top of that, so it's not totally surprising that they're looking into trading him. He's up to 2.4 WAR this year, though, so he's clearly an above-average player at this point. The Rockies also have 22-year-old top prospect Wilin Rosario in Double-A, although his on-base skills are still sketchy at this point.