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Pirates Rumors: Bucs Seeking Offensive Help?

PITTSBURGH - MAY 09:  Garrett Jones #46 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after striking out against the St. Louis Cardinals during the game on May 9, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - MAY 09: Garrett Jones #46 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after striking out against the St. Louis Cardinals during the game on May 9, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Pirates may be on the prowl for a power bat to give their struggling offense a boost, report Tom Singer and Mark Emery of MLB.com.

At the moment Pittsburgh is still seeking solutions to their offensive woes both internally and externally, but manager Clint Hurdle says the team won't shy away from trading some pitching for the offensive help his team sorely needs:

We do feel like we're in a competitive position on the mound. We do have a couple of areas where we've got some surplus, some depth that might be attractive to somebody else.

Hurdle also said that things likely won't heat up on the trade front until the first week in July, as the trade deadline creeps ever closer.

The Pirates see no need to hide their desire for a big bat as their offensive woes are well-documented. Pittsburgh is hitting just as a team and their 239 runs scored through 68 games in second-worst in baseball, ahead of only the lowly Padres.