Question #1:
Which move would mean more to the Pirates: Mark Cuban's replacing the current ownership group (and upping the payroll to $80-100 million for the long term) or Doug Melvin's replacing Dave Littlefield (and operating on the same $50-60m payroll consistently)?
Tony from Pittsburgh Lumber Co.:
It's gotta be Cuban. I don't care if you're the best GM in the history of baseball, having the payroll of a small market team only gives you so many options. Having a small payroll makes you pay dearly for the smallest of mistakes. You give the Pirates a payroll that Cuban would provide, then you can make Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano mistakes without as much of a hit. Plus, if you start throwing competitive-type money around, then those free agents who didn't even return Pittsburgh's ph...

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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.