Following the announcements yesterday that the Pittsburgh Pirates had turned down all four player options, Pirates fans began to panic. The panic was the same thing we see at the beginning of every off-season: the worry that the Pirates wouldn't add anyone over the next five months, and would enter the 2012 season with the options available in the system.
It's far too early to assume that the Pirates will do nothing this off-season. They can't even negotiate with free agents until Thursday. After that there's the 40-man roster period in mid-November, the non-tender period in early December, and of course there's trades and free agency along the way. I don't expect the Pirates will stand pat this off-season, although the topic does give us a reason to look in to the internal options ...
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