Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 12/9/11
In one of the more personally amusing incidences of online post-scheduling this winter, I wrote a preview of the Pirates' off-season for The Hardball Times that went live on Wednesday morning, hours before the club finalized a contract with Nate McLouth, signed Erik Bedard, and traded for Yamaico Navarro. These sorts of things are unavoidable, of course, but it's quite amusing to be because in re-reading the entire piece this morning, I'm not entirely sure if it makes me come off as prescient or short-sighted. That's because I spend the bulk of the article more or less bemoaning the Barmes and Barajas signings and worrying that the Pirates will plug their remaining holes at first base and in the rotation in similar, lateral fashion, but then close with this: Pittsburgh won 72 games in 2011 and entered the offseason with a ton of holes to fill after declining Maholm's, Doumit's and Cedeno’s options. They’ve worked on remaking the roster, but Barajas and Barmes are hardly the players...
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