A few days ago, Frank Coonelly said to KDKA that he feels the current Pittsburgh Pirates team is better than the team that ended the 2013 season. I'm higher on the 2014 team than most, but I don't think I agree with the idea that they're better at the start of 2014 than the end of 2013. If given the choice, I'd take A.J. Burnett over Edinson Volquez, and I'd take Marlon Byrd over the combination of Jose Tabata/Travis Snider. Of course, the latter means that Gregory Polanco would be blocked, but we're just doing a simple roster comparison here.

I don't think you can successfully argue that the team now is better than the team at the end of last year. I do think you can argue that the team at the start of this year is better than the team at the start of last year. I also think you could ...

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