At the end of the 2010 season, the Pirates still lack a solution in right field.
So far I've reviewed the center field and left field positions, which are held down in the long term by Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata. Right field is a different story, with question marks in the short term, and no guaranteed options in the long term.
The Pirates started the season in pretty much the same way they ended it: plenty of options for right field, but none that have stepped up to take the job. Garrett Jones started the season in right field, with Lastings Milledge in left, and Jeff Clement at first. The Pirates had Jose Tabata arriving in June, and had options like Ryan Church and Steve Pearce for either right field or first base. Prior to the year, with Tabata expected up in June, the Pirates needed two from the group of Jones, Milledge, Clement, Church, or Pearce to step up for the first base and right field positions. Heading in to the 2010 off-season, the same situation exists ...
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