NEW YORK - It's no secret that the Pirates have struggled offensively this year. They currently rank 12th in the NL in wRC+ and 13th in wOBA. So when it came time for a shakeup of their bench heading into the weekend series against the Mets, offense was the focus.
The Pirates sent down defensive infield specialist Gift Ngoepe and designated Alen Hanson for assignment, bringing up Max Moroff and Phil Gosselin. Moroff has seen an increase in his power this year in Indianapolis. Gosselin struggled in his time in the majors, but as Brian Peloza wrote yesterday, he has found a way to hit the reset button and get back on track.
Clint Hurdle put the Pirates' current situation best when describing why Ngoepe was sent down.
"Right now we don't have the luxury of carrying a premium defender...
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