PITTSBURGH -- General manager Neal Huntington led a meeting on Wednesday in which manager Clint Hurdle and other key decision makers in the organization discussed the team's outlook approaching the July 31 Trade Deadline.
Part of the time was devoted to identifying when various players should be ready to come off the disabled list and determining how those moves would affect the current roster. With as many as eight injured players potentially being ready to return over the next month, the Pirates might be able to fill particular areas of need internally.
"It was very good to get that up on a board and see visually," Hurdle said of the exercise. "For us to sit down together and understand what each decision would mean, the corresponding moves that would take place, what fits, what doesn't fit. ... I think it was a good fact-finding day, a good information day."
The group also took time to identify external players that the Pirates will consider targeting if the team remains in contention closer to the non-waiver trading deadline. Hurdle said the organization will hold a follow-up meeting in a few days to revisit the information shared on Wednesday.
"We're going through the process with eyes wide open, ears wide open," Hurdle said. "We want to be committed to doing the right thing. There very well could be some irreversible decisions made along the way. Those are chances that you take because we want to push this forward with our ultimate goal being a World Championship organization. That's the exciting part of it. It really is."