BRADENTON, Fla. - Clint Hurdle met with the media today after practice for about 20 minutes. There were a lot of questions about the trades of Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, and how the Pirates will go on without them on the roster. Hurdle said the team would move forward, and that "It's an opportunity for a new era of Pirates baseball."

Hurdle also said that he doesn't expect any backlash from Josh Harrison over the trades when Harrison reports to camp next week, and that the focus for the team is going to be on the opportunities in the outfield, rotation, and other Spring Training battles.

I'm not going to go into the breakdown of the trades, or the expectations for the team. Instead, let's look at those position battles, and how they're shaping up, based on what Hurdle said.

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