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545 2/3: Innings logged by Pirates relievers last season to help the team to 94 wins. The only three teams that placed a greater burden on their relievers (Minnesota, Colorado, Toronto) averaged 71 wins.

"I understand. I was the young prospect at one point in my career. So I don't look at it as a threat. It's my job and my livelihood, but I understand that in this game there will always be young, exciting guys coming up." -- Pirates right fielder Travis Snider, on the prospects of having to hold his ground against Polanco.

Tom Singer is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer.
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