On ESPN tonight, Peter Gammons reported that Pirates owners are talking to lots of people in baseball and are considering "cleaning house" on the player personnel side and starting over in an attempt to get the club on the right track. Gammons said this is aimed squarely at Dave Littlefield and Jim Tracy, and may take place sooner rather than later. The new CEO would play a role in initiating this.
On a side note, Gammons also called Littlefield and Tracy two of the nicest guys in baseball. If that's true, then baseball is full of a#%holes.