Heading into the off-season, it looked likely that the Pittsburgh Pirates could stay in-house in right field, rather than going after a free agent. If there was any doubt about that plan, it was removed on Monday when they tendered a contract to Travis Snider. By tendering a contract, the Pirates are guaranteeing that Snider will be on the team next year, and likely making $1.4 M. They also acquired Jaff Decker earlier in the off-season, adding another corner outfield option to the mix.
Previously the top two options looked like Jose Tabata and Andrew Lambo. Tabata had a great finish to the 2013 season, with an .848 OPS in the final two months. Lambo hit 33 home runs last year, with 32 of those coming between Double-A and Triple-A. The addition of Snider means that Lambo will probably start the year back with Indianapolis. Snider and Tabata are both out of options, while Lambo and Decker both have options remaining.
Bill Brink of the Post-Gazette reported today that the Pirates f...
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