PITTSBURGH (AP) - New Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington and manager Derek Shelton have used a lot of words to describe the situation they inherited then they arrived last fall.
The word "rebuild" has not escaped their mouths even once. A "rebuild" hints a returning something to what it was. The truth is, the giddy stretch from 2013-15 when the Pirates ripped off three straight playoff berths has become a distant speck in the rearview mirror. Only one player - right fielder Gregory Polanco - from the group that won 98 games in 2015 remains on the roster.