One of the big areas of need for the Pirates leading up to the deadline was the bench. For a long stretch the Pirates had a weak hitting bench, with Michael McKenry, Brandon Inge, Clint Barmes, and Travis Snider all struggling to hit. The only other hitter on the bench was either Gaby Sanchez, who can't hit right-handers, or Garrett Jones, who can't hit left-handers, depending on who was playing that day in the platoon.
The Pirates obviously didn't make a trade to upgrade the bench. But that's not to say they didn't upgrade the bench. Very quietly the bench saw a few upgrades -- some due to injuries, some due to improvements, and some coming as a result of moving on from Brandon Inge. Below are the three spots that have been upgraded in the last month, followed by one spot that could st...
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