What's your take on the Pirates' situation within the NL Central? What impact have free agent signings and trades within the division had on the Pirates as they move forward this offseason and enter the 2007 campaign?
Wilbur Miller from Pirate Player Profiles:
This is still a preliminary stage of the off-season, so a lot can still change. The Central theoretically should provide the Pirates with plenty of opportunity, 2006 being a good example, because it doesnt have any financial juggernauts (the Cubs being a growing exception, but theyre pretty inept). The division is made up of mid-revenue teams that have to make good decisions and pursue successful strategies to succeed. This leads to up years and down years for the division as a whole, so that even modest success in building a team might lead to a playoff spot in the right year.
Unfortunately, the Pirates stand out as the one team in the division that just isnt trying. The Astros and Cubs have been very aggressive...