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The Pittsburgh Pirates have some things going for them. They may be one of the two least valuable teams in baseball, they might play in the sport's fifth-smallest market, and they may endure all of the woes that come with holding the record for many consecutive losing seasons inside a major American sport, but they don't spend a great deal, and as with other low-end ball clubs they have the aid of rich cousins.
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Still, even before looking at the coming flood of non-tendered veterans, it's clear that there are lots of cheap help on the market for just about any team that wants it, help cheap enough for the Pirates. And if that's so, there is no team that can't meaningfully help itself this winter. Baseball may not have an amount playing field, there is however little excuse for any team to not enter next spring more respectable than now.