The 2012 Pirates are not unlike the 2008 Brewers, trying to end a long drought, trying to win over a skeptical city.
What did those Brewers do? They traded for left-hander CC Sabathia and reached the postseason for the first time since 1982.
What should these Pirates do? Make like the Brew Crew, pull off a franchise-altering move and trade for either Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke or Phillies lefty Cole Hamels.
The Pirates are the National League version of the Royals, a low-revenue team that always seems to play for next year.
Enough already. The Brewers' aggressiveness the past several years transformed them into a mid-market monster, drawing 3 million fans at Miller Park.
There is no guarantee that a similar effort by the Pirates would produce similar results. The low-revenue Cleveland Indians, who made a bold play for right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez last July, rank last in the majors in the attendance this season.
Still, as the Pirates and Royals improve, they no longer wil...