The Pirates optioned Daniel Moskos down to Triple-A, which puts the team one cut away from their final roster.
Yamaico Navarro, Josh Harrison, and Matt Hague will battle for the two bench spots remaining.
Jared Hughes and Chris Leroux will battle for the final bullpen spot.
The Pirates will then have to decide whether to keep an extra bench player or an extra bullpen spot.
I mentioned last week that my preference would be an extra bullpen spot. Early in the season you're not going to get a lot of pitchers going deep in to their outings. It would be more beneficial for the team to carry that extra pitcher, as opposed to a sixth bat off the bench. The entire reasoning behind the extra bench bat seems to be centered around avoiding a tough decision between Hague, Harrison, and Navarro.
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