2011 Spring Training Battles: Bench

Every year the battles in Spring Training are pretty much limited to the same three areas: the 5th starter role, the bullpen, and the bench.  It only makes sense that this would be the case.  These are the least important spots on the team.  You don’t want to decide the important spots based on a limited amount of playing time against various levels of competition in Spring Training games.  But for the lesser roles, it’s...

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Spring Training Battles: Bench

The bulk of Pittsburgh’s free agent activity this winter has been additions to the bench. In fact, the only two major league contracts the Pirates have handed out to free agents thus far have been bench players. For a team that traded two of it’s best players, and struggled mightily in the rotation all season, that may not be the best strategy. That’s not to say the Pirates didn’t make good moves here....

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