We've heard in the last few days that the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at veteran outfielders, although no names have been brought up. Today, Buster Olney reports that the Pirates are evaluating outfielder Josh Willingham, and that they've been in contact with the Oakland Athletics.
Willingham is currently hitting for a .247/.322/.439 line in Oakland, with 12 homers. Oakland is known to have a pitcher friendly park, although Willingham has been better at home this year, with an .802 OPS, compared to a .735 OPS on the road. In his career, Willingham has a .263/.362/.471 line. He's not good defensively, with a -16.3 UZR/150 in left field this year, and a -4.9 UZR/150 in left field for his career.
Willingham is a free agent after the season, and qualifies as a Type B free agent, if the Pirates, or any team, decided to tender him an arbitration offer. With his current production, and his $6 M salary, he holds a trade value of around $3 M, although the majority of that is based...
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