The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2011-2012 off-season with four big needs for the 2012 season. With Derrek Lee, Paul Maholm, Ronny Cedeno, Ryan Doumit, and Chris Snyder all departing, the Pirates have needs at catcher, first base, shortstop, and the rotation. I've discussed each position individually, along with some free agent options at catcher, shortstop, first base, and the rotation.
I was asked on Twitter yesterday what I would consider a successful off-season. My response shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who read the above four articles. I'd take Ramon Hernandez or Rod Barajas at catcher, Clint Barmes at shortstop, Derrek Lee or Carlos Pena at first base, and one of Chris Capuano, Paul Maholm, Erik Bedard, or Jeff Francis in the rotation. If I had to pick my ideal off-season...
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