Within the last couple weeks or so, the projected PECOTA and CHONE 2010 standings were both released. Neither is particularly friendly to the Pirates; PECOTA predicts 70 wins and the worst record in baseball, CHONE predicts 74 wins and a tie for the third worst record in baseball ahead of only the Blue Jays (68) and Astros (73).

But then, no one that's really following the team should be surprised that an 18th losing season is imminent. We all know it's coming. What I'm curious about is what sort of record should we take as acceptable improvement towards preventing the nineteenth losing season? 74 wins isn't impressive by any stretch, but a 12-win improvement would probably be among the biggest improvements in the league, and it'd be done with a very different roster from last year and...

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