Re: The Official 2014 Pirates Thread
I'm starting to go through withdrawal symptoms right now! March 31st can't come soon enough for me.
On the positive side of things, we have quite a few of our key position players returning for 2014 (Pedro, Marte, Cutch, Walker, and Martin)
The first base/right field situation still concerns me a bit at the moment. I have a little more faith in the Sanchez/Lambo platoon at first than I do in the Tabata/Snyder platoon in right. Regardless, I'm a little disappointed that the Bucs didn't make any real efforts to improve these two positions in the off-season.
Probably more concerning to me is how the rotation will hold up with the loss of AJ. I will say that at age 37, I don't think he was worth the $16 million he got in Philly to the Bucs, but his loss will certainly hurt the rotation IMO. I would have liked to see the Bucs go after a viable starter in the off season to replace AJ. Volquez was not the answer. He has had some serious struggles as of late and posted one of the worst ERAs in MLB for SD last year, which is considered a very pitcher friendly park. Perhaps the Bucs are really counting on Tailon coming up in June?