Pirates want to win without committing long-term dollars

Originally Published: November 7, 2008
By Phil Rogers | Special to ESPN.com

First-year manager John Russell could not prevent the Pirates from compiling their 16th consecutive losing season, matching the Phillies of 1933 to 1948 for the longest losing-season streak in major league history. Washington was the only team in the majors with a worse run differential than Pittsburgh's minus-149, a stat which reflects Pittsburgh's problems scoring runs and, especially, preventing runs.

Tom Gorzelanny's slide from pseudo-No. 1 starter to a Triple-A project ...

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