Originally posted on Where Is Andy Van Slyke  |  Last updated 11/4/11
You know what? I'm tired of being negative about this off-season. I still don't think that things are going to play out terribly well for the Pirates this winter, but I also don't think I've done a good job of making it clear that I don't think the Pirates are breaking up the 1927 Yankees again. Ronny Cedeno and Ryan Doumit and Paul Maholm and Garrett Jones (should he be non-tendered) are all replaceable. They're not All-Stars. They might be the best the Pirates can do for 2012, but doesn't just thinking that make you feel dirty? I hope the Pirates can do better. So let's sit down and think of ways Neal Huntington might be able to improve this team this winter, because otherwise, it's going to be an awful and negative off-season. Here's reality: Mike McKenry and Matt Pagnozzi are probably going to be the Pirates' starting catching platoon in April 2012 and even if the Pirates can upgrade on that duo, it'll like be marginal. The Bucs will offer Ryan Doumit arbitration and he'll turn ...
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