A lot of Pirates hitters have struggled this year in the early part of the season. A big focus has gone towards Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas. Not only are they struggling, but they're two of the highest paid players on the team, and they don't have much of a future with the organization. If Alex Presley starts hitting, the Pirates have him under control for five more years. Rod Barajas and Clint Barmes are only under team control through the 2013 season.
It's still early in the season, and too early to make a move for either player. Barajas is hitting for a .133/.200/.183 line, and looks bad at the plate. Of course it was only two weeks ago that Pedro Alvarez had a stat line that was worse than the one Barajas has right now. Barajas won't do what Alvarez has been doing, but it shows that ...
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