This is one of my favorite times of the year. For the past four years, it has been the same thing over and over. The Pirates have been at various stages of contending, and the trade rumors begin. The Pirates are mentioned as buyers. Inevitably, there's a rumor that would have the Pirates potentially dealing a top prospect to get a rental for anywhere from two months to 14 months. And that always leads to the same debates about whether the Pirates should go for it and trade part of their future.

These debates usually involve the saying that the Pirates might not get back to winning for a long time, which obviously hasn't been the case. They've only become stronger contenders each year, and going forward they project to remain contenders, and possibly get stronger. The debates usually rev...

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