Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 2/3/12
Last week, Beyond the Box Score put together a chart of what they call the Pirates' "Window to Win" (I can't get the original to load so I've linked the cache). It's worth looking for a visual representation of what the Pirates have right now (there is one mistake in the Pedro Alvarez row; he should be eligible for arbitration starting in 2014, which will take him through 2017), but I think that all of the "window" talk, both in relation to the Pirates and in relation to everyone else, wears me out. Here's the thing; you should always be able to see how the window will be open in the future. If that's not true, your favorite team needs a new general manager. That was when I was positive it was time for the Dave Littlefield era to end; when he was fired in 2007, there was absolutely no way forward with the team and the minor league system in the shape it was. Not only was there no window, the Pirates had been bricked into the wine cellar by their own Montresor.  It's not like that an...
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