Jose Tabata started slow, but had a strong finish to the 2013 season. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
During the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a few options in right field, and none of them worked out. Heading into the 2013 season, it looked like they would solve this problem by going with a quantity of starting candidates, giving them a chance that one could break out. They traded for Travis Snider last year at the deadline. Jose Tabata was returning, with inconsistent production under his belt. They had Alex Presley on reserve in Triple-A. Jerry Sands was one of the top pieces that came in return for Joel Hanrahan, and looked like the top alternative to Snider or Tabata heading into the season.
Even with those options, the Pirates ran into right field problems again this year. For the second straight season, the issues in right broke up the first base platoon, forcing Garrett Jones into right field, and forcing Gaby Sanchez to play full-time at first, when he should only ...
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