PIRATES mgmt as well as NH has sold the fans that the team was going to build through the draft and they kept their word out spending every MLB team during the last 4-5 seasons. NH drafted a lot of pitchers and paid out a lot of money but while our farm system has improved the majority of the talent is years away from making a impact in PITTSBURGH.
Major league baseball has frowned upon the PIRATES and their crazy spending during the draft completely changing the rules and making teams pay only the slot and has warned teams that there would be a huge price for over paying a prospect.
I know that the PIRATES under this ownership will never go out and give NH the green light to go after elite free agents like Hamilton or say Greinke but until this team is willing to spend to fill the holes on this roster this team will continue to fail and have losing season after losing season. The PIRATES finally have a legit superstar in ANDREW McCUTCHEN and he has put up very good numbers with no protection in front or behind him. Can you imagine what this man could do if the PIRATES went out and put a power bat behind him making pitchers pitch to him. It would be very scary. I like the RUSSELL MARTIN pickup and he is the best C this team has had since Kendall but it is no where close to being enough. The NL CENTRAL does not have a team that is dominant and the PIRATES played very well last year even leading the division for about 4 months until the wheels came off.
The fans deserve to see a winner on the field and the sad thing is this team is so close to finally being able to get over that hump and challenge for a pennant if ownership will go out and spend some of that shared revenue money that they have been raking in for GOD knows how long. There have been other owners in bigger markets who have complained about the PIRATES not spending this money. Ownership has always defended itself by saying that they were investing in the draft but that ship has sailed and there should be no more excuses.
Our time is now!