When Pirate fans were finally able to peer through the smoke from the ashes of their recent fall from playoff contention, one certain observation stood quite evident: a division title won't be won with this current group of players.
The Pirates' weaknesses are many, and they will be addressed in the offseason when general manager Neal Huntington will likely pluck some free agents from this year's bumper crop to plug some gaping holes and allow the prospects more time to develop.
It may take a few more years before the Pirates are true contenders, but when it happens, which of these current players will still be a Pittsburgh Pirate?
Surely not many.
Here are the current Major Leaguers on the roster or disabled list who have the best shot of being on the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Central Division Champions team.