I was reading Grant Brisbee's article today detailing how the Pittsburgh Pirates were built, and how they're a legitimate contender this year. Or, another way to put it, I was reading the annual "Grant Brisbee article that dooms the Pirates to a collapse over the final two months of the season". Brisbee detailed how every player was added to the team -- whether via draft picks, international free agent (not plural for a reason), free agents, or players acquired via trade. If that kind of topic is something you're interested in, then I'd also check out David Kaleida's trade tree on the subject.

One thing that stuck out to me was the draft pick section. I've been thinking about this topic all year. It was less than a year ago that people were questioning whether to fire Neal Huntington an...

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