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First Pitch: Platooning Pedro Alvarez

First Pitch: Platooning Pedro Alvarez

My initial approach with the Brandon Inge news tonight was the same as any minor league signing: acknowledge that it happened and move on. Danny Knobler reported that the Pirates are close to a minor league deal with Inge, who turns 36 this season. Like 99% of minor league deals, this one comes with no risk, and a small chance to provide some sort of reward. For that reason, there's not much point in analyzing what Inge could do for the Pirates in 2013. Chances are he'll spend time in Triple-A, and if he does make the majors, he's not going to make much of an impact.

In looking over his stats, I noticed that Inge has a platoon split. He crushes left-handers, but struggles against right-handers. I thought about how the Pirates have a few left-handed platoon options, but really only have one right-handed platoon option. That option is Gaby Sanchez, who will be platooning at first base this year with Garrett Jones. Then I thought about a potential platoon on the other side of the diamo...

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