- Dave Cameron, FanGraphs
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been bad for a very long time. To put their history of losing in perspective, they haven't had a winning season since 1992, which was the year after Angels super prospect Mike Trout (who will make his MLB debut Friday night) was born. The Pirates haven't won as many as 70 games in a season since 2004. Put simply, the Pirates have been the doormats of baseball for almost two decades, and have driven their fan base away with years and years of lousy baseball.
Today, the Pirates stand at 45-42, just a game out of first place in the National League Central, and GM Neal Huntington finds himself in unfamiliar territory -- possibly acting as a buyer instead of a seller at the trade deadline.
The Pirates are unexpectedly in the playoff race, and Dave Cameron of FanGraphs argues that they should do everything they can before the trade deadline to bolster their postseason chances.