Pirates just moves away from greatness
October, 10, 2013
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com
Jeff Curry/USA TODAY SportsGerrit Cole is part of a strong foundation for the Pirates' future.
It was quite the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They had their first winning season since 1992 and won an exciting NL wild-card playoff against the Cincinnati Reds -- also their first playoff win since 1992.
They then pushed the St. Louis Cardinals to a fifth and deciding game in the NLDS, finally succumbing 6-1 to a simply overpowering Adam Wainwright.
As disappointing as the loss to the Cardinals might have been for the Bucs, I think there is greatness ahead for this team if they make a few shrewd moves. Here's what I see as their priorities for this winter.