The biggest offensive upgrade for the Pittsburgh Pirates this off-season might end up being a guy who gets a lot of value from his defense. The Pirates won't bring back one of their better pitchers from last year because they refuse to sign him for the money he's projected to receive. Most of their off-season has involved low-key signings and trades, or the focus on bounce back players. And while other teams are spending money in free agency, the Pirates are taking a reserved approach, despite the fact that fans want to see them try to contend next year. All of this raises some serious questions about whether the Pirates are willing to spend what it takes to have a contending team.
But enough talk about last off-season. Let's talk about this off-season.
So far, the two off-season approaches have been the same. Last year the big upgrade on offense was Russell Martin, who didn't have much offense and was brought in for his defense behind the plate. This week we heard rumors that Ja...
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