2005 Record: .414 (67-95), Last place in NL Central
2004 Record: .447 (72-89)
Who’s Out: Dave Williams (P), Ty Wigginton (INF), Joe Roa (P), Alfredo Amezaga (SS), Brian Meadows (RP), Jose Mesa (RP), Rick White (RP)
Who’s In: Jeromy Burnitz (RF), Roberto Hernandez (RP), Joe Randa (3B), Sean Casey (1B), Chad Blackwell (P), Clayton Hamilton (P), Manager Jim Tracy, Third Base Coach Jeff Cox, Bullpen Coach Bobby Cuellar, Pitching Coach Jim Colborn, Bench Coach Jim Lett
Notes: New manager Jim Tracy has had success with the Dodgers in the past, and the Pirates are hoping he can lead the team to their first winning season since the early nineties. In a move that brings some hope to the team’s plight, Pirates ownership boosted the payroll an extra $13 million this off-season, which allowed them to sign seasoned pros like Burnitz, Randa and Pittsburg native Sean Casey. The Pirates will be starting the season with some proven veterans to lead their young core, like last year’s breakout pitcher Zack Duke and the still-improving Oliver Perez.
Next up: Seattle Mariners
Labels: 2006 team profiles