Pirates

Kovacevic: Pirates’ smarter target is behind plate

If the Pirates really want to make an immense impact on their franchise and its fan base at Major League Baseball's perpetually overhyped trade deadline, if they really want to do right by the present and future, if they really want to put the collective in the best possible position to end what Kent Tekulve rightly refers to as "the real streak around here" at 35 years, they'd do nothing more than tap their catcher's shoulder today in Phoenix and make him an unimaginably wealthy man.

Don't kid yourself: Russell Martin is the window.

Martin, more than anyone, is the source of all this angst over whether or not Neal Huntington will wind up acquiring Jon Lester, David Price, Ian Kennedy or any other big-name pitcher on the block today.

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