Earlier today, Grant Brisbee of SB Nation wrote about "the perfectly whelming offseason of the Pirates". As the title indicates, the article talks about how the Pirates haven't done much this off-season, with their key additions being Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano. Or, as Brisbee puts it, "an average catcher and a pitcher with a CGI creation for a shoulder".

Before taking the route that most people will probably take when grading the off-season, Brisbee turns in a different direction. He points out that last trade deadline, when the Pirates were "buyers" and "contenders" at the deadline, they added pieces that could help in 2013. Basically, they started their off-season shopping early when they added Wandy Rodriguez and Travis Snider, and called up Starling Marte, which is a poin...

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