I'll pass on a deal like that. We can't trade one of our few OBP guys for a catcher that strikes out over 30% of the time. We need to balance the lineup not tilt it heavier the other direction.
C: McKenry (15-20 HR power)
1B: Jones (25-30 HR power)
2B: Walker (15-20 HR power)
3B: Alvarez (35-40 HR power)
SS: Barmes (10-15 HR power)
LF: Marte (15-20 HR power)
CF: McCutchen (30-35 HR power)
RF: Snider (20-25 HR power)
There is plenty of power there. Now if you look at it from an OBP perspective the only two who even appear like a good bet to post a .330 OBP are Walker and McCutchen. As far as Marte he will be given every chance to lock down a spot (like he should) but he profiles best as a 5-6 hitter. He is not a table setter. Tabata is and that is where his value lies with the Pirates.
The more I think about the more I keep coming to the conclusion that the Pirates should probably stick with what they have in the outfield. Marte, Snider, Tabata, Presley and Jones should be able to handle the corner spots and we all know we don't need an upgrade in center field.
At 1B, Gaby Sanchez isn't a bad fall back option should Jones be needed in the OF but looking for someone else wouldn't be a bad strategy either. If someone like Youkills could be added at a reasonable rate he could replace Sanchez on the roster. So RTL I must admit I'm coming over to your side on this one.
There is no room for Tabata on this team. Regardless of his OBP he does not deserve to start and there is no reason to protect a fourth or fifth outfielder. If he can be part of a trade that brings the team any value – do it.
i completely agree that tabata needs to go i just want to see the maximized usage of him b/c there still is something there for someone. if you give the starting job to marte, and accept that snider is our rf that leaves really only two spots on the bench for OF players realistically if theres a five man bench
if- mercer/holt/d'arnaud/somebody who can play up the middle
if- 1b platoon man that can play a little 3rd
theres no room for tabata at all.
There is certainly room for Tabata. The Pirates need to maximize their odds of getting two quality starting corner outfielders by keeping all 3 of their 24 year old outfielders.
I think people forget that Tabata is roughly the same age as Marte and Snider. He is the most proven of the bunch.
Keeping Presley on the team over any of those 3 makes no sense. The only reason to get rid of one of the 3 young OF would be if it improved the team. Presley doesn't do that he quite clearly has the lowest upside of the bunch.
If the Pirates can get a leadoff hitter like say Span to play LF then yes it makes a lot of sense to have Snider and Marte share time in RF and then to trade Tabata.
Or for those of you who like Justin Upton I think putting Tabata in a trade for him could make sense.
Upton and Johnson
Alvarez, Taillon and Tabata
I wouldn't do it but I know there is a large segment of the fan base who likes the idea of getting Justin Upton.
Ethier is out there, Dodgers are willing to listen to trades for him.
So by all accounts the price for Upton would be Alvarez plus a pitcher (McDonald or Taillon most likely)