As the Winter Meetings are currently under way, it is a major possibility that the Pirates could lose 2 All-Stars from last year's 2nd Best record in the MLB.
AJ Burnett, who is one of my favorite players to ever put on a Pirates uniform, was named to his first All-Star team in his final year. AJ stated that 2015 would be his last season in the majors and he was absolutely stellar in the first half. I'm hoping that maybe if the Pirates are making a playoff push again next year, that AJ might come out of retirement and win a ring with the Bucs.
Mark Melancon, who has been one of the league's most consistent relievers over the past few seasons both in the setup and closer role, was named to his second All-Star team. He lead the majors in saves last year and became the Relief Pitcher of the Year. There are strong talks that the Astros may be interested in acquiring Mark the Shark this offseason.
If that happens, it's going to be different not seeing these guys in Pirates uniforms come opening day 2016. With the Bullpens that Neal Huntington has built since taking over as GM, I am certain that he will find some more diamonds in the ruff though.
These two All-Star Stitches ran me under $5 each. I can't wait to show off a similar card in a few days.