Pirates Hang Onto Prospects At Deadline

Neal Huntington did some tightrope walking in the days and hours leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. The Pirates general manager tried to improve his major league club as it attempts to make the postseason—and have a winning season—for the first time since 1992. Yet he tried to make additions to the roster without sacrificing talent from a farm system that has gone from one of baseball's worst when Huntington took over late in the 2007 season to one of the best.

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