Ninety-eight wins, three-straight playoff appearances and savvy moves from the front office -- not to mention the best view in baseball -- are some of the reasons why Baseball America thinks the Pirates were this season's top organization.

Baseball America names Pirates organization of the year

Industry publication praises team for moves that included signing Jung Ho Kang and trading for J.A. Happ.

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 J.A. Happ, shown here pitching against the Cardinals at PNC Park.

Pirates' Happ heading off to Toronto

J.A. Happ will not return to Pittsburgh, signing a three-year, $36 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays Friday.

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 The Pirates acquired right-hander Allen Webster from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations.

Pirates notebook: Acquisitions bolster depth in key areas

The acquisition of Allen Webster and Jake Goebbert are intended to bolster areas of need on the 2016 roster.

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 Reese McGuire, one of the Pirates first-round draft picks in 2013, has hopes of making Pittsburgh's roster following an impressive season with high-Class A Bradenton.

Pirates prospect McGuire hopes to reach major league status soon

Catcher Reese McGuire had a solid first season with high-Class A Bradenton and is in the discussion for a roster spot in Pittsburgh.

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 The DiMaggio brothers, from left: Vince, Joe and Dom.

The Next Page: Baseball’s Italian Heritage

From the greats to the long-forgotten, Italian-Americans have made fascinating contributions to baseball — and some to Pittsburgh.

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Pirates hire Mike Mangan as assistant scouting director

Mike Mangan also has worked for the Reds and Blue Jays.

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 The Pirates added right-hander Tyler Glasnow to their 40-man roster today.

Pirates add 4 top prospects to 40-man roster to protect them from Rule 5 draft

The Pirates protect Tyler Glasnow, Josh Bell, Max Moroff and Harold Ramirez from the Rule 5 draft.

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 Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch against the Marlins in May.

Pirates will kick off 2016 MLB season; play two games in Puerto Rico in May

Trip to San Juan against Miami will coincide with Roberto Clemente Day, which will be observed on May 31.

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 Bryce Harper, who was named this year's National League MVP, prepares to bat during a game in Washington.

Harper wins NL MVP; McCutchen finishes fifth

Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper was top 5 in home runs, batting average, OBP and slugging.

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 Former Pine Richland athletes Neil Walker, Meghan Klingenberg and Brandon Saad.

Distinction Winter 2015: Hometown heroes Neil Walker, Meghan Klingenberg and Brandon Saad make Pine-Richland proud

Was that the sound of lightning striking three times? Over four years, Pine-Richland High School turned out three professional athletes.

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 Hector Rodriguez, with the McKechnie Field ground crew  in Bradenton, Fla., paints in the Pirates logo onto the field in preparation for the start of spring training in 2014.

Pirates spring training schedule announced

Schedule will conclude with an exhibition against the Cincinnati Reds in Indianapolis.

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 The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang throws out a San Diego hitter  at PNC Park.

Kang finishes third in NL Rookie of the Year voting

Chicago’s Kris Bryant was the unanimous choice for the league’s top rookie award.

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 Pedro Alvarez: The poster boy for whatever significant changes Neal Huntington and the Pirates might make this offseason?

Ron Cook: Tough calls await for Pirates, Huntington

Neal Huntington’s bid for general manager of the year in 2016 begins now as he tries to shape the Pirates roster for next season.

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 West Virginia Black Bears' Tyler Glasnow delivers a pitch against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in June.

Tyler Glasnow ranked top Pirates prospect by Baseball America

Glasnow, a fifth-round draft pick in 2011, is expected to begin 2016 in the Indianapolis starting rotation.

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 Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows bats against the Boston Red Sox at Jet Blue Park in March in Fort Myers, Fla.

Pirates prospect Austin Meadows removed from Fall League roster for 'personal reasons'

Meadows, the ninth overall draft pick in 2013, hit .169 with a .194 on-base percentage in 65 at-bats this fall for the Glendale Desert Dogs.

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 Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen won his fourth consecutive Silver Slugger award tonight.

McCutchen earns another Silver Slugger award

Outfielder Andrew McCutchen came back from a horrid start at the plate this season to win his fourth Silver Slugger award.

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 Starling Marte chases a fly ball during the Pirates' home opener against the Tigers in April.

More improvements on the way for PNC Park

Waterproofing, sealing and concrete repairs to the riverwalk and service and suite levels will be done during the offseason.

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 Former Pirates special assistant to the GM Jim Benedict left Pittsburgh to become the Marlins’ vice president of pitching development this offseason.

Report: Recent Pirates-Marlins deals included compensation

According to ESPN, a somewhat lopsided exchange of minor league pitchers resulted in front-office executives leaving for Miami.

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 Starling Marte is greeted at home by Andrew McCutchen after hitting a three-run homer against the Brewers.

Pirates' Marte wins Gold Glove award

Starling Marte named the best defensive left fielder in the National League.

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 Jung Ho Kang scores against the Nationals at PNC Park in July.

Pirates' Jung Ho Kang a finalist for NL rookie of the year award

Kang starred in the Korea Baseball Organization before coming to Pittsburgh.

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Pirates promote four in front office, pro scouting department

The moves come after two special assistants to the general manager left this fall for jobs with the Miami Marlins.

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 Pirates' Jung Ho Kang throws to first to complete a double play against the Diamondbacks in August at PNC Park.

Pirates Notebook: Kang falls short in outstanding rookie vote

Jung Ho Kang picked behind Kris Bryant’s impressive season, which included 26 home runs and a spot on the National League’s All-Star roster.

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 Guido Knudson, Detroit pitcher claimed off waivers by Pirates on Nov. 9, 2015.

Pirates grab righty Guido Knudson off waivers

Knudson spent most of last season in Detroit’s farm system.

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 Pedro Alvarez is the Pirates' best power hitter, but has struggled defensively, meaning his future at first base could be up in the air.

Pirates have holes to fill as free-agency period is set to begin

When free agency begins at midnight, the Pirates have some spots to fill “across the board,” from the rotation to a position player.

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Pirates make moves leaving seven open spots on roster

The Pirates lost outfielder and first baseman Andrew Lambo to the Oakland Athletics Friday.

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 Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Casey Sadler has had Tommy John surgery.

Pirates' Casey Sadler undergoes Tommy John surgery

Right-handed pitcher played sparingly last season, but was expected to add depth to next season’s rotation.

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 Pirates pitcher Radhames Liz delivers against the Twins during a spring training game in March.

Pirates decline reliever Radhames Liz's option

Liz, 32, returned to the majors this past season for the first time since 2009.

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 Gene Collier laments that it's only 22 weeks until baseball games of consequence are played again. Here, Pirates' CF Andrew McCutchen warms up for his at-bat in the fourth inning against the Tigers Wednesday at PNC Park. All players wore number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson day, April 15, 2015

Gene Collier: Looking forward at baseball season's end

Chris Davis and his 47 home runs might not be coming to PNC Park, but that doesn’t make the game any harder to miss.

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 Gift Ngoepe

Pirates add Gift Ngoepe to 40-man roster

The move will protect the minor league shortstop from selection in the Rule 5 draft and keeping him from becoming a minor league free agent.

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PirateFest will take place Dec. 12-13

Team will hold two-day event at convention center, although the second day is for a limited number of season-ticket holders.

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 The Kansas City Royals celebrate defeating the New York Mets to win game five of the 2015 World Series.

Royals rally late, rout Mets in 12th to capture World Series crown

Kansas City wins first World Series title since 1985.

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