Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 6/8/12
I have this tendency to think that I know what the hypothetical Successful Pittsburgh Pirates of the Future will look like. I'm hardly alone in this, of course, but it's very true. For a long time, the basic assumption by me and others has been that the Successful Future Pirates will be something like the Tampa Bay Rays, just an overflowing pipeline of talent that self-replenishes as veteran players begin to move on. Of course this is what we all want to see; Tampa's run by the smartest guys in the room, they make the best moves, and they've consistently had one of baseball's best teams despite poor attendance and low payrolls and their existence in the AL East. This Pirate team does not look like the Tampa Bay Rays. They're an assortment of underrated pitching castoffs, once mediocre players past their prime, middling young players that may or may not ever have a prime, and Andrew McCutchen. Early in the season, when they couldn't hit all, they looked very, very bad despite a decen...
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