At least I think so, if they’re serious about winning.
The bench doesn’t look too solid either.
And pitching? Well, if you were counting on A.J. Burnett, he’ll be pitching across state on a regular basis.
But don’t worry, the Pirates say everything is cool.
The Pirates seem happy. They’re banking on the farm system to produce. They’re banking on fans buying into the promise about a bright future.
The heck with the future. What about today?
For a team coming off a playoff appearance, expectations are high for 2014. The response has been a low payroll. The Bucs’ payroll has been estimated at under $72 million, which is 28th out of 30 teams. The two lower? The Astros and Marlins.
And there was a report mid-February that said the Pirates were one of two teams to decrease payroll from 2013 to 2014.
That doesn’t sound like going all-in on 2014.
The first pitch has yet to be thrown, but it does cause some concern.
We’ll have the rest of the month to see if Andrew Lambo can provide some pop at first while platooning with Gaby Sanchez. We’ll scan the box scores to see how Travis Snider and Jose Tabata are doing in right. And I’m sure the Gregory Polanco Watch could start at any point.
But it would have been nice to see the team make an effort to fill a void instead of paying fans lip service.
– Rick Green