Cole and Cutch gone, Bucs really are tearing it down this off-season
Harrison is probably gonna get dealt. Really damn depressing. Ownership is so frustrating. Everyone is comparing us to the Royals, but the Royals haven't dealt their stars in the last year or two of their respective contracts. Bottomline- our ownership doesn't want to financially commit to the team. Period. Extremely frustrating.
I'm actually not that high on Cole...he's not a true ace. However, if the Pirates were moderately active in free agency in acquiring a few pieces, we could have competed for a playoff spot. Polanco battled injuries last year, and obviously Marte had the suspension. Marte still played well. Polanco was having shoulder problems, which can unfortunately be chronic.
I would have liked to have seen the Pirates maybe go after Adrian Gonzalez or Carlos Gonzalez on a 1 year prove it contract, possibly catch lightning in a bottle for a season...sign someone like Addison Reed to bolster the bullpen, and go after a solid depth starting pitcher. I know that sounds fairly underwhelming in terms of investment, but doing that and keeping Cutch and Cole would have made us competitive.
Its so damn frustrating to have to constantly let players walk and trade valuable trade pieces, and wait for years at a time for the stars to align where we have enough studs on a shoe string budget to compete. Its also really frustrating because it seems the the Ray Searage magic dust is wearing off- pitchers are now leaving the Pirates and improving (Morton, Liriano). Freaking last year we were 2 games out of the wildcard and we dealt our closer. I personally think that closers are grossly overvalued, but come on, your a game or 2 out of the wildcard and you're selling?
rant over.....I wish Mark Cuban would buy the Pirates