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    Default Jayson Starks Grades The Pirates Offseason a C+

    Pittsburgh Pirates

    BIGGEST ADDITIONS: Lyle Overbay, Matt Diaz, Kevin Correia, Scott Olsen, Garrett Atkins, Joe Beimel, manager Clint Hurdle.

    BIGGEST SUBTRACTIONS: Zach Duke, Lastings Milledge, Chan Ho Park, manager John Russell.

    [IMGR]http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/2059/72e086851a0649fe906d7b0.png[/IMGR]Look, it's all relative. You don't evaluate a Pirates offseason by the same standards you use to evaluate, say, a Yankees offseason, just the way a good year for Joe's Computer Repair Shop isn't quite the same thing as a good year for, say, Microsoft. So judged against what the Pirates were attempting to do, they did OK.

    Jorge De La Rosa and Carl Pavano -- both of whom they chased -- would have been better rotation upgrades than Correia and Olsen. But Overbay, while he's not exactly Adrian Gonzalez, should be an improvement over last year's first-base hodgepodge. Diaz is a career .301/.350/.456 hitter. And there are potential bargains in their nonroster free-agent crop (Beimel, Atkins, Jose Veras, Fernando Nieve, Josh Fields).

    Then there's Hurdle, who will represent about as dramatic a change in the manager's office, when you compare him with the soft-spoken Russell, as this team could have hired. So while it would be a monumental upset if this turns into the year the Buccos climb above Mount .500, they at least inched northward.

    Grade: C+

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    Default Re: Jayson Starks Grades The Pirates Offseason a C+

    I cant argue with that, nothing ground breaking but nothing detrimental was done either. Had they been able to move doumit, i would have gone from a C+ to a B.

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    Default Re: Jayson Starks Grades The Pirates Offseason a C+

    If they would have had decent pitching last year, they would have been close to .500
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    Default Re: Jayson Starks Grades The Pirates Offseason a C+

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    I cant argue with that, nothing ground breaking but nothing detrimental was done either. Had they been able to move doumit, i would have gone from a C+ to a B.
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    If they would have had decent pitching last year, they would have been close to .500
    Pirates were 29th in MLB in runs scored and Batting average. They would've needed an All-Star lineup of pitchers to hit .500

    What better pitching probably would've done was gotten them their McClatchy era regular of 68-72 wins.

    I think the 68-72 threshold is the low end for expectations. Minimal expectations for this year. This team shouldn't do worse than that but has the potential to do more/better
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    Default Re: Jayson Starks Grades The Pirates Offseason a C+

    second half of the year should be pretty interesting when they start calling up some pitchers

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    Default Re: Jayson Starks Grades The Pirates Offseason a C+

    I say Dory gets 12 wins this year and the other 4 starters get 3 more wins each and the Pirates end up winning 23 more games this season.
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