Pirates are committed to rebuilding with their trades of Cole and McCutchen. They haven't gotten blue chip prospects back, but they have gotten some controllable assets that are likely to contribute at the major league level at a low cost for several seasons.
It's not necessarily the direction that the O's should go in, but it is a direction. Currently the O's do not seem to have one.
No one should get too excited over a rule 5 pick but I think we should assess each player for their own abilities rather then lump them together by the method of acquisition. Obviously rule 5 picks aren’t top prospects, but saying they are going to be Jason Garcia is just as valid as saying they’ll be Odubel Herrera.