SOUTH HILLS – Sure, you want more holiday free-agent shopping. Sure, you want ownership to spend more. Owners are enjoying record digital and national television dollars and the sport’s revenue sharing is significant. While free agency is inefficient, the Pirates are not able — no team is — to fill every void internally.
Sure, there’s been some misses early in the draft (wouldn’t Buster Posey look great on this roster?)
Yes, the NL Central will become a more difficult neighborhood with the rise the Chicago Cubs.
There are always challenges. But on balance, the Pirates are in as good of a position as they’ve been in since, say, the 1989-90 offseason as we enter the holiday season. So if you’re a Pirates fan, let’s look at what you have to be thankful for this offseason and beyond ….