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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Winter Meetings Preview

Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Winter Meetings Preview

The 2012 MLB Winter Meetings take place this week, with the meetings usually kicking off the big off-season moves. In previous years the Pirates made most of their moves either during the meetings, or in the week following the meetings after setting the framework at the meetings. They've already signed Russell Martin, and have an interesting situation going into this week.

The Pirates are both buyers and sellers. They showed that they're buyers, going for Russell Martin, which is a very short-term move. They've also been rumored to be shopping Joel Hanrahan and Garrett Jones, putting them in seller territory. It's a tricky situation to sell off players, but try to compete in the short-term in the process. That's not to say it's a bad plan. If done correctly, the Pirates could come out much better than where they are entering the meetings. If done incorrectly, the Pirates could walk themselves in circles, ending up right back where they started with the same talent level, but differe...

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