Pirates just moves away from greatness

Gerrit Cole is part of a strong foundation for the Pirates' future. Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports

It was quite the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They had their first winning season since 1992 and won an exciting NL wild-card playoff against the Cincinnati Reds -- also their first playoff win since 1992.

They then pushed the St. Louis Cardinals to a fifth and deciding game in the NLDS, finally succumbing 6-1 to a simply overpowering Adam Wainwright.

As disappointing as the loss to the Cardinals might have been for the Bucs, I think there is greatness ahead for this team if they make a few shrewd moves. Here's what I see as their priorities for this winter.