2017 MVP: José Quintana

or rather the absence of José Quintana.

The sensational rookie duo of Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow prove to the engine that drives the Pirates machine. Meanwhile Austin Meadows and Kevin Newman are invaluable fill ins late in the season when Gregory Polanco and Jordy Mercer succumb to injuries. Sensing an opportunity to strike Mitch Keller is dealt at the trade deadline for that mythical big piece which catapults the Pirates past the Cubs as they take the NL Central.

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