This is the third straight deadline where the Pittsburgh Pirates have been buyers instead of sellers. It's the third straight deadline where we've seen a ton of rumors about players they could get, and debated over which prospects to give up. It's the third straight deadline where the question has been asked: should they give up a top prospect? And it's the third straight deadline where people have said the Pirates may never be in this position again, thus they need to go for it now.

The idea in 2011 was that the Pirates were playing over their heads, and that they probably wouldn't be competitive for a few years. They needed to wait for Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and all of the other top prospects to arrive and play a few years before the team could ever be competitive again. There ...

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