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Williams: The Pirates Have Some Outfield Depth Behind McCutchen, Marte, and Polanco

Jordan Luplow was impressive during the month of September. Photo Credit: David Hague
Williams: The Pirates Have Some Outfield Depth Behind McCutchen, Marte, and Polanco

The Pirates have some questions in their outfield in 2018.

Andrew McCutchen has struggled the last few years, and while he can still be a 4.0 WAR player, he's not the same guy who once led this lineup.

Gregory Polanco still has the upside of a star player, but we've gotten to the point where he may never realize that, and might be an average-to-above average player at best. He also has a history of injuries, which makes it less likely that he could put up even that type of production.

Starling Marte is coming off a down year, although as I wrote today, I'm less worried about him than the other two. I think we could see the old Marte return next year.

Overall, I don't think it's unreasonable to think this outfield could combine for 10-11 WAR in 2018. McCutchen and Marte are capa...

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