The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a similar situation to their 2009/2010 off-season, as it pertained to the bullpen. They didn't have an established closer, they only had one or two strong internal options, and they were looking to add a few players in the month of January to boost the pen. Looking back at my preview of the bullpen in early January, we see the parallels, and the state the bullpen was in at the start of the calendar year:
A year ago at this time, the 2010 bullpen was largely incomplete, consisting only of Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Javier Lopez, and a few minor signings competing for spots, such as Wilfredo Ledezma, Vinnie Chulk, Jack Taschner, and Brian Burres. In the following weeks, the Pirates added D.J. Carrasco, Brendan Donnelly, and Octavio Dotel,...
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