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Pirates Release NLDS Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released their NLDS roster, which can be seen below.

Pitchers (11)

A.J. Burnett – Starter

Gerrit Cole – Starter

Francisco Liriano – Starter

Charlie Morton – Starter

Jason Grilli

Mark Melancon

Justin Wilson

Tony Watson

Jeanmar Gomez

Vin Mazzaro

Bryan Morris

Catchers (2)

Russell Martin

John Buck

Infielders (8)

Justin Morneau

Garrett Jones

Gaby Sanchez

Neil Walker

Josh Harrison

Jordy Mercer

Clint Barmes

Pedro Alvarez

Outfielders (4)

Starling Marte

Andrew McCutchen

Marlon Byrd

Jose Tabata

The only change between this roster and the Wild Card roster is that Tony Sanchez and Travis Snider have been removed, and A.J. Burnett and Charlie Morton have been added. The only questionable move is picking John Buck as the backup over Tony Sanchez. Buck is a veteran, but Sanchez is better offensively, defensively, and works better with the rotation. However, I assume Russell Martin will be starting every game, so the impact here is minimal.

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  • Brian043

    So does this mean Travis Snider was DFA’d and any team can claim him now?

  • danfan19

    I would rather have Snider or Lambo as a pinch hitter than Garrett Jones. He adds no value. With Morneau, there is 0 need for Jones.

  • BostonsCommon

    Not much to bark about here. I’m probably taking taking Sanchez over Buck. Gaby is going to PH before the backup catcher does anyway, so the impact is probably minimal, especially with Russ starting every game.

  • Andrew

    Why Buck, does he bring anything? I understand his likelihood of playing is low, but margins matter.

    • clemente21

      I agree.

  • smurph

    That is Hurdle. Same reason Barmes is starting rather than Mercer, and Snider made the WC roster ahead of Pie and Lambo. If it is close he will go with the veteran player. It is also why the Pirates roster has been littered with unproductive utility players the last 3 years.

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