By Jason Shetler
Baseball America has named the Pirates as the Organization of the Year for 2015. This marks the first time that the Bucs have won the BA honor since it was introduced back in 1982.
The Pirates won 98 games this year, which were their most since 1991, and they also had the second best record in all of baseball. BA credits the fact that they had a core foundation in place, and were able to make the right transactions, such as signing A.J. Burnett and Jung-Ho Kang, as well as acquiring Francisco Cervelli to replace Russell Martin. Not to mention the moves made around or at the trade deadline with J.A. Happ, Joakim Soria, Joe Blanton and Michael Morse, who each played vital roles down the stretch. In addition to the Pirates having a strong farm system, they also have arguably the best analytical staff in all of baseball. All of those factors certainly made for a very well-rounded organization in 2015.