Analysis

Do not overlook internal options

Do not overlook internal options

Pirate fans have mostly supported adding a second-rate free agent to team with Garrett Jones in covering the right field/first base spots. Even Frank Coonelly got in on the fun, with Rick Ankiel’s name coming up specifically. It seems like a harmless idea, seeing as the Pirates do not have many inspiring options for those positions. However, contrary to popular belief, adding a marginal player through free agency would do anywhere from very little to nothing to help the team win.

Here is a list made up mostly of available, middling, corner-type free agents that the Pirates have some realistic shot at signing. I have included their 2010 CHONE projections, available at FanGraphs.

2010 CHONE Projections

Player
PA
AVG
OBP
SLG
wOBA
Defense
WAR

Rick Ankiel
473
0.242
0.298
0.436
0.318
-3
1.1

Russell Branyan
337
0.243
0.335
0.497
0.359
0
1.2

Carlos Delgado
482
0.247
0.322
0.449
0.337
0
1.1

Jason Giambi
410
0.218
0.354
0.416
0.344
-4
0.7

Vladimir Guerrero
50...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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