Pirates must stay aggressive

Andrew McCutchen would benefit from the acquisition of a strong power bat this offseason. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

With 2013 in the books as a smashing and surprising success, the Pittsburgh Pirates can't be conservative and wait only on the fruits of a talented farm system. Knowing that part of the 2013 story came from unsustainable performances by players who can't be expected to repeat them, the time is finally right for general manager Neal Huntington to get out there this winter and make some moves to keep his team squarely in the mix in 2014, especially now that national eyes are finally on his club and free agents see the Pirates as a contender, not just a place to land.

With some money to spend and minor league depth that allows them to deal, the Pirates need to strike while the iron is hot. Let's take a look at the priorities.