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The Pittsburgh Pirates are in a weird place. They have more talent than most and more young talent coming. They also have almost zero chance of competing with the Cubs in 2017 and a rotation full of question marks.

The most important questions will be how Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow develop as starting pitchers and whether Gerrit Cole becomes an actual ace. The other questions likely have less of an optimistic tone, at least for the pitching staff.