Last night I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Pirates shouldn't give the first base platoon to Travis Ishikawa, and instead should give Andrew Lambo a shot. Instead, they optioned Lambo to Triple-A as part of today's big wave of cuts. That means that Ishikawa is currently projected as the other half of the first base platoon. Neal Huntington didn't sound like Ishikawa was locked into that position earlier today.
The Pirates shouldn't be locked in with Ishikawa as their initial first base option. You just need to look at his career .737 OPS against right-handers in 684 at-bats to see why. Ishikawa wouldn't be a bad depth option if none of the other options worked out. However, there's no upside with Ishikawa, and the Pirates need to try and get some upside from their first base position. I...
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