If the Pirates are Shopping Jose Tabata . . .

By now, you have probably heard that Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that the Pirates have made Jose Tabata available to be traded.

Trading Tabata would leave Travis Snider as the only candidate on the 40-man roster to be the team’s starting rightfielder. Snider is having a good spring training – .872 OPS – but it’s Spring Training! And Snider has not exactly inspired confidence with his hitting since arriving in Pittsburgh in 2012.

Also, I don’t think that “shopping” Jose Tabata means that Gregory Polanco has any chance at all of being on the Pirates Opening Day Roster. Nor should he. He ‘s had 9 plate appearances at AAA. Andrew McCutchen had over 800 before being promoted to the Pirates.

My guess is that if the Pirates are shopping Tabata, they must be quite pleased with non-roster invitee Chris Dickerson, whom I profiled in this post.

Dickerson is a 6’4, 230 pound, 32-year-old outfielder with a  career batting line of.262/.339/.406 — .745 OPS. He apparently has good speed for a big man. He has 32 stolen bases in 708 career plate appearances and he is also an excellent fielder. His career UZR/150 is 19.2 run above average and Baseball Info Solutions rates him at 14.2 defensive runs saved per year.

As I indicated above, I don’t put much stock in spring training numbers, but for those who may be interested, Dickerson’s spring batting line is .375/.464/.458 — .923 OPS.

I like Jose Tabata. I’m projecting that he will hit for a .773 OPS. But if the Pirates can get a return for him that would make them a better team than they are with him, then, by all means, they should make the deal. As they should with any player.

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4 thoughts on “If the Pirates are Shopping Jose Tabata . . .

  1. Sounds like they are shopping Snider as well. At this point it makes more sense to clear Tabata’s salary (if Polanco IS coming up in a few months). A Smoak for Tabata swap makes too much sense at this point.

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