Found November 03, 2011 on isportsweb.com:
Read my review on the Top 5 Positives here. #5  The run of contention until early August Image credit timesunion In the end, the 2011 Pirates weren’t much better than any of the previous 18 teams before them.  But they’ll be treated like they were during the offseason, and only minimal improvements will be made to a club that could be one of the worst in the league come 2012. Plus, GM Neal Huntington parlayed 2011 into a complete overkill of a 4-year contract extension.  The only reason I’m not giving that it’s own place on the list is because it’s doubtful he even survives 50% of it. #4  Losing Ryan Doumit and Paul Maholm for nothing I h.a.t.e. the way this offseason has begun already.  Despite having few options in the rotation, and SP Paul Maholm posting a 3.66 ERA in 2011, the Pirates balked at the 29-year old lefty’s $9.75MM option for 2012.  Is that a lot of money for Paul Maholm?  Perhaps.  But he should get every bit of that and more on the open market.  The Pirates will...
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