The free agent market is a death trap for the Pirates

You can’t lose 90 games without a lot of things going wrong.  In the case of the 2011 Pirates, there were some problems that were different, at least for their current front office, and some that were grindingly, depressingly the same.  There were also some problems that maybe had a silver lining.  Let’s look at the main issues.

Free Agents

The Pirates don’t venture too often into the free agent market.  It seems to be a recurring pattern.  The GM signs Pat Meares and Derek Bell, gets burned, and gets fired soon after.  A different GM comes in and, after a while, signs Jeromy Burnitz and Joe Randa, gets burned, and gets fired.  Not a pattern you’d think the next GM would want to repeat.

Or is it?  After wisely giving the fre...

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