ABOVE: Paul Maholm, Zach Duke and Ross Ohlendorf among others had better watch out. Choo-Choo Charlie Morton has the stuff to rapidly become the ace of this staff.
ABOVE: Pirates GM Neal Huntingdon hopes that Lastings Milledge remembers to bring a big bat with him when he arrives in Pittsburgh after the All Star break.
I truly believe that after this year's trade deadline deals that GM Neal Huntingdon will settle down with the trades and let his minor league system go to work. Having added a number of high profile acquisitions such as Jose Tabata and Gorkys Hernandez etc., while drafting a Pedro Alvarez last year, Huntington will have allowed enough time for the system to begin working as it was originally designed to do. Huntingdon should begin to have fewer and fewer reasons to need to acquire players, thus allowing for the roster to stabilize itself and gain continuity. That continuity will begin paying real dividends in the 2011 season when the Pirates become a serious division contender for the first time in 19 years. It will have been a long wait, but the good news is that the wait will have been worth it. The Pirates under Huntingdon will once again become a perennial contender and have a minor league system once again throwing off capable major league players.