With the signing of Clint Barmes this past week, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their second move to upgrade the 2012 team from the team we saw in 2011.  But if you're expecting a huge upgrade, you're probably going to be disappointed.

Anyone who takes a look at the available options at catcher and shortstop knows the positions are thin.  In fact, anyone who looks at the actual positions will realize that it's not just the trade market and free agency that lacks strong options.  When you consider that a team like the Pirates has no chance at one of the few standout options like Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins, the market for possible upgrades becomes even thinner.

The Pirates added two of the top options available to them at two positions where it's hard to find talent.  They focused primar...

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