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First Pitch: Getting Value From the Upcoming Roster Moves

First Pitch: Getting Value From the Upcoming Roster Moves

In the next week or two, the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have some roster decisions to make. The primary decision would be clearing a roster spot for Gregory Polanco. The arrival of Polanco, which I'm guessing will happen sometime next week, will mean the departure of an outfielder. Currently there are two prime candidates for that corresponding move: Jose Tabata or Travis Snider.

Tabata has a .632 OPS this season. The one thing that might keep him on the roster for now is money. He has $9.25 M guaranteed beyond the 2014 season, not to mention the remaining balance he's due this year, which takes his total money owed to around $11 M. Snider isn't doing much better, with a .629 OPS. He doesn't have a long-term contract to keep him secure on the roster. The Pirates seem to like Snider more than his stats would warrant, but I'm not sure if that's still the case after his struggles this year.

Over the weekend, the Pirates received a competitive balance pick in exchange for Bryan ...

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