The 2011 Winter Meetings begin today, which kicks off one of the busiest periods of the year for Major League baseball. This usually marks the time when the big free agents start going off the board. We've already seen the beginning, with Jose Reyes agreeing to a six year, $106 M deal with the Miami Marlins last night. This also surrounds some very important dates for transactions, which should lead to a ton of roster moves.

The Pittsburgh Pirates made most of their off-season moves last year during the Winter Meetings, signing Matt Diaz, Scott Olsen, Kevin Correia, and laying the groundwork for a Lyle Overbay signing.  This year they've already added Rod Barajas and Clint Barmes, but the Pirates enter the meetings with two areas of need remaining: first base and starting pitching.

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