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Royals, Pirates building early surprise stories

In assembling their rosters for this season, the surprising Royals and Pirates did so mostly in very different ways.

Originally Published: April 17, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

This started out as a "How were they built?" article about the surprising Royals and the surprising Pirates, but it didn't take me long to discover that neither team's roster has been constructed according to some sort of over-arching philosophy (or at least not so's you can tell on the field). Rather, players have arrived through a variety of means, with economy and expediency the only guiding principles.

So instead of looking for themes, I'm just going to list the ways that teams get players, ...

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