Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Ben Cherington Already Working the Phones

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to infuse more young talent into the organization.  It is sounding like that will be happening this offseason.

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about how Ben Cherington could have a busy offseason.  He spent last off-season putting together his Front Office, Coaching Staff, and analyzing the Pittsburgh Pirates personnel.  It made sense that he wasn’t ready to make a bunch of moves before getting his plan in place.

With that being said, Cherington has had a chance to put his plan into place and analyze what the Bucs have and need.  It was a brutal season, but an important one for the Front Office.  Now, Cherington has a good hold on the value of his players and this should lead him to have a little more of an active offseason.

Cherington himself has made it already sound that way.  Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic spoke with Cherington who shed some light on what he has been up to this offseason.  Cherington, to say the least, is definitely looking to make some moves:

"“We’ve been in touch with every team by now,” Cherington said Friday. “Those (conversations) typically start with higher-level info sharing — what we’re trying to accomplish, what the (other) team is trying to accomplish…We’ve certainly been active with calls. I’ve started some of that follow-up. We’ll see where that takes us.”"

This should be a breathe of fresh air for Pittsburgh Pirates fans.  The previous regime often kept the public in the shadows on things, gave generic answers time and time again.  While Cherington is not breaking any news here, he is at least giving fans the impression that he is looking to make changes and make this situation better.

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That is all we can ask for as fans, is a plan.  No, Cherington will not use the term “rebuild” he has already said that.  Nor should he, that is an insult to the players currently here working and progressing.  Still, actions speak louder than words.  The fact is there appears to be a market for a lot of the Bucs pitchers and potentially some other players.