Pirates bench picture clearer after reassignments


The Pittsburgh Pirates bench picture became a little clearer as the team announced their latest round of spring training transactions today.  Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune Review tweets:

While at first glance these names may not be what everyone would consider to be notable, it can help us get a slightly better picture of the Pirates bench.  With Jeong-ho Kang‘s recent struggles, the door seemed to be cracked open, every so slightly, for Steve Lombardozzi to make the 25-man.  However, Neal Huntington put that speculation down as he talked about the moves:

Jose Tabata is another name on the list of today’s transactions that is sure to draw a reaction from Pirates fans.  Tabata came into camp and showed off a new-and-improved power swing, but could not replicate his batting practice feats in game action, as he struggled to the tune of a .167/.194/.200 slashline to go along with seven strikeouts.  He was easily lapped by Jaff Decker, among others.

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