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First Pitch: The Pirates Had the Right Deadline Strategy

First Pitch: The Pirates Had the Right Deadline Strategy

There are a lot of extremely short-sighted opinions on the trade deadline out there today. People wanted the Pirates to make a big splash. Deal prospects away, if that's what it takes, but go for it all this year. Worry about future years when they come. This is all that matters. Small moves don't help. Only big moves can truly lead to a contender.

That's a dumb way to run a baseball team.

Now I expect the different opinions. You're going to have every opinion possible covered, just considering how many Pirates fans there are out there. But the facts are the same.

The first fact: the Pirates are 59-44. They have the fifth best record in all of baseball, sit four games up in the Wild Card standings, and sit three games back in the NL Central race. It's not like they should be desperate to add talent at this point.

The second fact: the Pirates didn't get here by making big, flashy moves. They got A.J. Burnett for two marginal prospects, and by taking on salary. They got James McDonal...

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