Pittsburgh Pirates Minors: Three Offseason Tasks to Focus On

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The Pittsburgh Pirates always seem like they are entering a crucial offseason.  However, this one is especially crucial.  The team is going to through a big time change and likely will have a very different looking roster by the start of next year.  Whether the team is better or worse remains to be seen based on the moves they will make.

One thing is for certain, the Pittsburgh Pirates need to bring in as much talent as possible.  That seems obvious, teams should always look to bring in talent, but the Bucs farm system is not what it once was or needs to be.  If a new General Manager wants to last longer than a couple of years, they are going to have to bring in more talent into the minor league system.

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The team does not need to completely start over.  They have plenty of young talent on the roster in Josh Bell, Bryan Reynolds, Kevin Newman, Mitch Keller, and others. The team needs to find more players and prospects that will fit into the time frame of competing going forward.  If they can pull of a couple deals and build up their young pitching, as well as get a future stud player, then the new front office will put the franchise in a better position for success going forward.