There is no reason to have John McDonald on the roster. Photo Credit: David Hague

I was talking with David Todd on Twitter earlier today, discussing the potential Jordy Mercer move. Yesterday on the Bucs Dugout podcast, David talked about what the Pirates will eventually do, and noted that he would rather see the Pirates send Mercer down to receive regular playing time in Triple-A. I've been writing for the last week -- including last night -- that Mercer should remain on the roster, the Pirates should give him Brandon Inge's playing time, and they should cut John McDonald.

David is arguing that Mercer should go down, and I'm arguing that Mercer should stay up. Surprisingly, that's not the key difference between our arguments. The key difference is how we're approaching each argument...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.