A few years ago I saw Pat Lackey at WHYGAVS write an article at the end of the year talking about what he learned about the game of baseball that year. I thought it was a good approach to take. It makes sense for anyone to embrace new lines of thinking, evaluate their old lines of thinking, and wonder if there is something new to focus on going forward.

One of the big things I've been evaluating this year is whether free agency is worth it. Last year I wrote an article talking about the realistic options for the Pirates. The team had four needs: catcher, shortstop, first base, and starting pitching. My suggestion was Ramon Hernandez at catcher, Clint Barmes at shortstop, Derrek Lee at first base, and Chris Capuano on the mound.

This year my suggestion might take a different tone: no ...

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