The 2012 Winter Meetings are coming to a close, with the 2012 Rule 5 draft marking the end of the week. The meetings have been very slow, not just for the Pirates, but for all teams. There have been some big deals handed out, but top free agents like Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton are still on the market. That's part of why the market has been so slow across the league. For the Pirates, the reason for the slow meetings is mostly due to the trade deadline.

At the deadline the Pirates acquired guys who had years of control. They traded three prospects for Wandy Rodriguez, who they'll have in the rotation in 2013, and maybe in 2014. They traded Brad Lincoln for Travis Snider, who will have the inside track for a starting corner outfield spot. They traded Gorkys Hernandez and a compensation...

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