Pittsburgh Pirates: General Manager Meetings, Award Finalists

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have a lot of work to do this off-season.  Things around Baseball could get started as early as this week.

The off-season is officially underway.  These next two months or so are often just as entertaining as it gets for a Professional Sports off-season.  It could be an exciting time for the Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans as well.

Over the last couple of years, the offseason has not been that exciting for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  It has been more about who is going to go than who is going to stay or who are they going to bring in.  That could and should change this off-season.

This week is the first full week of the Off-Season for Major League Baseball.  The biggest event for the week is the General Manager meetings.  General Managers and other Front Office personnel will be heading to Las Vegas for the annual meetings.  Now, this is not the famed Winter Meetings, but still potentially relevant and impactful for the off-season.  After all, the General Managers are all together.

Ben Cherington, the Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager, is in an interesting position. He should be looking to make this team’s big league roster better. At the same time, this team can also not afford to give away potential future impact players.  Hopefully, Cherington will be able to start some dialogue with opposing GMs before the market picks up in a few weeks.

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The other note for today, Monday, November 7th, is that Major League Baseball will announce its award finalists for the season.  This obviously is a big deal for all the teams across Baseball.  It will be interesting to see if any of the Pittsburgh Pirates end up in the National League Rookie list.  Players like Oneil Cruz and Jack Suwinski definitely should be in the conversation at the very least.