Chicago Cubs: Pittsburgh just beginning a long rebuild
The Pirates’ outlook remains clear: they will sell as much as possible and keep stacking assets for the long term.
Pittsburgh had the worst record (19-41) in baseball last season, and things are likely to get worse before they get better.
The Pirates will almost certainly hope to shop pitchers like Steven Brault and possibly Joe Musgrove. Position players such as Josh Bell or Colin Moran could also be on the move if Ben Cherington can find suitors.
In any case, Pittsburgh understands rebuilding will be long and arduous. The Pirates were never going to be competitive, but their utter woefulness epitomizes the general downward trend occurring within the division.