It seems that every year there is a big story in the off-season that always leads to the same result.  The Pittsburgh Pirates make a move, the move is unfavorable to the fan base, and the immediate reaction is to speculate on what this means for the remainder of the off-season.  Usually the thought is "the Pirates will do nothing, and will go in to the following season with what they have".  In the past, history has shown us that this immediate reaction has been wrong.

We saw this reaction in 2009 when the Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps.  Following the move there was outcry, and despite the Pirates saying they would reallocate the funds, there was speculation that the team wouldn't add anyone to the bullpen.  The Pirates ended up signing Octavio Dotel to be their closer, and eventually...

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