If the owners and management want to wonder why they can't compete, they have no one to look at but themselves.
Obviously they don't have much faith in the guy because they figure last year was a total fluke and hope to only eat 8 million if he busts instead of 12 million or more. While I understand he's never done what he did last year before, why can't a young player improve?
What happens if he gets even better? There's little chance he sticks around after year two because the Pirates didn't believe in him, and he would know that many other clubs that will spend money and can win the Series will be looking for him.
In my view, there are three guys that the Pirates need to lock down as a core group - Bay, Perez, and Jack Wilson. They are all young guys that can still improve and have shown that they can help lead the team. Littlefield and McClatchy needed to realize this and get them signed for longer term deals before their market value went up too high. Otherwise, we'll be back in the cycle again of being a AAAA affiliate of the big-spending teams in MLB.
This deal is not a good sign.