Commentary

Pirates should be buyers

Look no further than the 2003 World Series champs for evidence

Updated: July 8, 2011, 2:11 PM ET
By Dave Cameron | FanGraphs
Andrew McCutchenMark J. Rebilas/US PresswireThanks to the stellar play of Andrew McCutchen, the Pirates are surprisingly in the race.

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.