MLB hot stove: top trade target for each team

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 30: James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners waits to deliver the pitch in the second inning against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field on July 30, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 2-0. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 30: James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners waits to deliver the pitch in the second inning against the Houston Astros at Safeco Field on July 30, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 2-0. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 14: Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during the interleague game against the Minnesota Twins on August 14, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Pirates 5-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Pittsburgh Pirates

In a deep division of good teams, the Pirates went for it at the deadline, trading away three very good chips to acquire a pitcher that this writer had warned all teams to avoid, Chris Archer. In spite of Archer’s mediocre-at-best performance as a Pirate, he wasn’t the reason the Pirates fell short of the postseason.

Getting the production expected out of their vaunted pitching staff really hurt the Pirates overall, and they could end up using their depth at one of the most in-demand positions this offseason to garner them pitching help for the major league club.

Entering the final year of his contract with the Pirates, Francisco Cervelli has been everything the team could have asked for and more when they signed him before the 2017 season to a 3-year, $31 million deal to bring him back after two seasons with the club.

Over the first two seasons of that contract, Cervelli hasn’t exactly set the world on fire offensively, but he’s been a consistent veteran presence behind the plate, and his bat certainly hasn’t hurt, with a .255/.363/.404 line over the two seasons.

In an offseason where a number of top contenders are in search of catchers, Cervelli could serve as an excellent trade option on the market, especially if positioned well around top trade target J.T. Realmuto.