Once again, the Pirates flirted with contention for much of the season only to fade in the second half. Incremental progress continues to be made, however, and Andrew McCutchen has emerged as a genuine superstar.
Brandon Inge is headed to the Pirates. Inge is expected to sign a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to sources. Inge spent the second half of last year with the A's, after he was released by the Tigers.