Authentic Womens Willis Reed Jersey Nightengale says Boston wants to do one-stop shopping to plug holes at third base and in the bullpen. Prado and Phelps fulfill those respective desires well. Prado is healthy after two trips to the DL because of hamstring injuries. He would be ideal for the Sox’s contact-heavy lineup (third-fewest Ks in the majors). Phelps, a right-hander, can be a multi-inning option out of the ‘pen. His poor April has mostly been forgotten; he compiled a 2.70 ERA over 30 innings from May 3 through July 9.

Seattle is in the American League wild-card race despite being a .500 team, and despite having just a middle-of-the-pack ‘pen (eighth in the AL in bullpen ERA, 10th in opponents’ OPS through July 19). The identity of the reliever possibly joining the M’s was unknown as of early Thursday on the East Coast. (UPDATE: Feinsand later reported the Mariners had been talking with the Marlins about right-hander David Phelps, but it was unknown whether Phelps was headed to Seattle.)
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The Royals are all-in one more time with this core group, and left fielder Alex Gordon and DH Brandon Moss are both hitting under .200 for the year. They could trade for McCutchen now, then move him again in the offseason. As for the Twins , Byron Buxton’s only 23 and still struggling (.216 average), and maybe he could benefit from learning from McCutchen. With the Yankees , he would be an outfield upgrade over struggling Jacoby Ellsbury, who has four homers and a .721 OPS, and then that duo could split DH duties next year after Matt Holliday’s one-year deal ends.

Point is, there are options, and it’s up to the Pirates to take advantage of those options and find a return that makes it worth trading McCutchen.