I've said for years that it doesn't matter who wins the trade deadline. It doesn't matter who wins the offseason. Those are reactionary "awards", and the additions don't make as big of an impact to a team's chances as the awards would make you think.

If you weren't a contender before, adding a big guy isn't going to make you a contender. If you were a contender, then adding a big guy helps, but doesn't guarantee anything. So it really doesn't accomplish much to be winners at the trade deadline.

But damn, it feels good to win one.

The Pirates are going to be considered big winners at the trade deadline by anyone writing up such articles. They added one of the best relievers on the market in Keone Kela. They added the best starting pitching option in Chris Archer. They filled two ne...

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