I found a rather good article with multiple quotes from Jason Bay on the LaRoche Deal.
I really was drawn into the article and some of the stats until I read "it upgrades the Pirates' already above-average defense". This team was above average on defense last season?
Jack Wilson and Jose Castillo both had subpar 2006 seasons on defense that brought the rest of the team down, especially the starting rotation. Duffy missing most of the season in CF did not help the defense either.
The upcoming season depends on good showings from Wilson, Castillo, Bautista, Duffy and Paulino if this team is going to break the streak.