This article originally appeared in the 2018 Prospect Guide, which is now available and includes reports on every prospect in the Pirates' system. You can order your copy here.

Neal Huntington said this offseason that the Pirates aren't using the word "rebuild" to describe their actions after trading Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen. He doesn't want to use that term for the sole reason that the word implies that the team is five or so years from contending again. The Pirates believe they are closer than that.

If you remove the timeline implications of the word, and just focus on the pure definition, then it's clear that the Pirates are definitely rebuilding. They're rebuilding in more ways than one. They're rebuilding a team at the majors that put up one of the best records in baseba...

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