As the 2016 MLB season approaches, SN’s Je se Spector will examine each team’s outlook. Today: the Pirates. 2015: 98-64, second place in National League Central, lost to Cubs in wild-card gameKey arrivals: 1B John Jaso, LHP Jonathon Niese, RHP Ryan VogelsongMORE: These MLB players could be 2016 breakout stars Key departures: 1B Pedro Alvarez, RHP A.J. Burnett, RHP Charlie Morton, 2B Neil WalkerBest-case scenario: A lineup whose everyday look will feature only two players 30 or older catcher Francisco Cervelli and whoever plays first base Paul Molitor Jersey takes another step forward among the best in the game, largely with sustained performance acro s the board and steps up from Gregory Polanco and Josh Harrison. Meanwhile, Jonathon Niese benefits from a change of scenery and better defense behind him to become a legitimate mid-rotation option instead of a back-end guy. The bullpen is generally fantastic and the Pirates do a better job of taking care of busine s in divisional games, finally winning the Central after three straight trips to the wild card. Riding Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano and Niese in the playoffs, it adds up to a first World Series victory since 1979.Worst-case scenario: Without pitching guru Jim Benedict, who left for the Marlins, the magic work of Ray Searage lacks as much magic, and Cole is the only reliable starter. The John Jaso/Michael Morse platoon at first base flops badly, making the Pirates wish they had held onto Pedro Alvarez. Francisco Cervelli is a one-year wonder as a hitter. The Pirates get pa sed by the Cubs, can’t keep up with the Cardinals and crash out of playoff contention as the second wild card comes from another division.MLB 2016: More team previews Big question: How long is the window going to be open? Andrew McCutchen has gone from 8.1 WAR in his MVP season, to 6.3 in 2014, to 4.9 last year. He’s still a top player, no question about it, but it’s fair to ask if he hit his absolute peak early, and unle s the Pirates work out an extension for him (which, honestly https://www.brewersedges.com/milwaukee-brewers/jonathan-villar-jersey , might not be the smartest move they could make, and it stinks to say that, but it’s true), he’ll be a free agent after the 2017 season. There are other parts of the core, to be sure, but if the Pirates get to July in contention, are they more willing to make a really big, go-for-it kind of move, knowing that the best chances to win might be now and next year?Don’t forget: Neftali Feliz had brief runs as a closer for two teams last year. He’s probably the fifth-best reliever the Pirates have. There are a lot of teams with great bullpens, and they usually rely on starting pitching being just good enough to get them the ball with the lead. The Pirates have Gerrit Cole and a decent rotation behind him.Five crazy-sounding https://www.brewersedges.com/milwaukee-brewers/glenn-robinson-jersey words you can talk yourself into not sounding so crazy: They won’t mi s Neil Walker.Over-the-top proclamation to regret later: It won’t be a lack of talent, but a lack of depth, that keeps the Pirates out of the playoffs for the first time since 2012.