Pittsburgh Pirates: Three possible trade partners for Steven Brault

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 30: Steven Brault #42 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on August 30, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day, which was postponed April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 30: Steven Brault #42 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on August 30, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day, which was postponed April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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The San Diego Padres are suddenly in need of multiple starting pitchers and have plenty of talent that could interest the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Targeting Trevor Bauer and ending up with Steven Brault seems like the most Los Angeles Angels move ever, but let’s look at another California team in the San Diego Padres.

The Padres are in need of starting pitching help with Mike Clevinger undergoing Tommy John surgery, Garrett Richards entering free agency, and Dinelson Lamet ending his season with some injury concerns that are hopefully nothing, but are still something to watch closely.

The Padres have plenty of talent the Pittsburgh Pirates could choose from if they were to trade Steven Brault to San Diego, including a long list of Rule 5-eligible guys the Padres may look to deal before Friday’s deadline to protect draft-eligible prospects.

Either way, the Pirates have an opportunity to add a spare Padres piece who would almost certainly slot fairly high on Pittsburgh’s top prospect list.

All of that minor league depth is paying off for general manager AJ Preller and will continue to serve him well this offseason as the Padres look to return to the playoffs in 2021 with a roster better prepared to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers for dominance in the NL West.

Steven Brault isn’t the arm to roll out behind a Dinelson Lamet and take on the NL West, but he would help fill out a rotation that suddenly needs many pieces.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to be busy this offseason trading away much of their major league talent and the early interest in Steven Brault is a good sign.