Should the Atlanta Braves call the Pittsburgh Pirates?

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ATLANTA, GA – Atlanta Braves (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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The big news for Monday in the baseball world was the Starling Marte trade to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Starling Marte was widely speculated to be on the move at many points since the end of the 2019 season, and was even connected to the Atlanta Braves a time or two in the rumor will over the last few weeks.

With this move, it seems as if the Pittsburgh Pirates are on the bring of a mini rebuild at worst, and could still opt to tear it all down and start over once again in the steel city. After all, they do have new leadership at the top of their baseball operations with Ben Cherington taking over the general manager spot this off season.

Taking a step back, the Pirates seem to be the worst team on paper in the NL Central as well since the Reds have extremely improved and the Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers should all still be formidable foes. It looks like that might possibly be the case for the next few seasons as well, so I for one, think they should strip it down and try to build a winning team using a new wave of prospects they could acquire with some of the players they still have of value.

So that brings us to the question now. Do the Pittsburgh Pirates have anything of substantial value that the Atlanta Braves could possibly be interested in? The answer is yes of course as at least one player from every team would be of interest, the fact is they do have some pieces that the Braves could find a fit for very easily.

Let me stop you before you get to thinking real big though. I strongly believe that Josh Bell will not be moved and will be the one piece they elect to build around in Pittsburgh. Besides, it’s not like the Atlanta Braves would have much of a spot for him anyways as our first base spot is occupied already.

So let’s look ahead and see what players the Braves could (potentially) make a call on to the Pirates?