Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Stories for the 2017 Season

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Final Thoughts on the 3 Stories

The Pittsburgh Pirates should be a better team in 2017.  However, they are still not a team without question marks around them.  There will be plenty of stories to follow as the season goes on.  The main one obviously will be if they can get back into the playoffs after missing it last year.  They have a better rotation this year, potentially a better bullpen, and have more upside in their lineup.

The Pirates also potentially could make blockbuster trades this season.  First off, if they are in the race they very well could look to acquire a starter like Jose Quintana.  However, if they are falling out of the race they could look to trade some of their pending free agents.  A player like Tony Watson could be dealt either way.  While Andrew McCutchen could go at any point this season, but if they are in it, that will most likely not occur until the offseason.

Next: 2017 Predictions

Even if the Pittsburgh Pirates decide to sell this season they have prospects to help fill the holes.  If Andrew McCutchen goes, they will replace him with top prospect Austin Meadows.  If the Pirates decide to trade Watson they could call up Edgar Santana.  Regardless, some of their top prospect at Triple-A will eventually get called up to help at one point or another this season.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have quite the season ahead of them, one that will have plenty of action on and off the field to follow.