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First Pitch: Why the Pirates Don’t Need to Worry About Disrupting Chemistry

First Pitch: Why the Pirates Don’t Need to Worry About Disrupting Chemistry

With the trade deadline coming up in about ten days, we've heard a few comments about how the Pirates shouldn't fix the team, in fear of disrupting the team chemistry. It's almost a pointless discussion, because if we've learned anything from previous years, it's that the Pirates will be active at the deadline. When they do eventually make trades and shuffling the roster around, the team won't have anything to worry about. In fact, we've seen three examples this year of roster shuffling that haven't led to some sort of chemistry related collapse. Here are those moves.

The Pirates didn't collapse when Clint Barmes was removed as the starting shortstop. (Photo by: David Hague)

1. Replacing Clint Barmes with Jordy Mercer at Shortstop

The Pirates gradually made the switch to Jordy Mer...

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