Ever since Neal Huntington and company took over prior to the 2008 season, they have gone with a plan I agree with. Build the farm system up through the draft, trades, international market, and any other method of adding young talent. Use that talent to put together a young team that can contend for multiple years. Throughout those years, keep bringing up new prospects to try and expand the "window" to compete.
Not every deal the Pirates have made has worked out. Some have been horrible, and some have been excellent. But they find themselves contending this year, currently 12 games above .500, and holding a half game lead in the Wild Card race. So they've reached the point where they're contenders, although it's too early to say that they will do this for multiple years. Yet for some reas...
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