Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 1/8/14
The very second that the Pirates were eliminated from the NLDS by the Cardinals this was a true statement about the Pirates' outlook for 2014: If the Pirates are going to be better in 2014 than they were in 2013, it'll be because they get a full season of Gerrit Cole, because of Starling Marte's evolution as a hitter and Gregory Polanco's development into a big league player, because Jameson Taillon has a similar year next year to the one Cole had this year, and because guys like Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez avoid taking steps backwards when it seems like it'd be relatively easy for both of them to do so.  That's all still true on January 8th, even though the Pirates have failed to replace Garrett Jones at first base, elected to retry last year's ugly Jose Tabata/Travis Snider experiment in right field, and still don't really have any good indication as to what's going on in AJ Burnett's head. Last year's Pirates relied quite a bit on contributions from older players like B...
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