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Buccos Finalize Opening Day Roster
Posted by MattyGabe at 3:20PM on 4-1-09

URL: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090401&content_id=410…
" By the end of the day, the Pirates should have their bench completely filled out.

Infielder Luis Cruz was told Wednesday morning that he will assume one of the two remaining bench spots unless the team makes a waiver claim or other acquisition before the season opens on Monday. General manager Neal Huntington, however, confirmed that no such acquisition is imminent or expected.

"We like what we have," Huntington said. "We feel good about the options that we have internally really at every spot. Now we just need young guys to step up and capture their opportunities."
"

  So Cruz and Monroe got the nod to start on the coming Monday for the Bucs, and Karstens will also get the fifth spot in the starting rotation (Vasquez was sent down to AAA Indianapolis).

Nothing to get very excited about, especially when Karstens had an ERA over 6 in SPRING TRAINING (Vasquez was worse, with an ERA over 7), so really that tells you that the pitching depth still isn't there.

I'll translate:

Huntington says:
"We like what we have. We feel good about the options that we have internally really at every spot. Now we just need young guys to step up and capture their opportunities."

Huntington means:
"We don't have much. Because we don't have much, we don't have many options to choose from at any spot. Now all we can do is sit on our hands and wait to see if any of our young players will actually pan out."

It's rough, but whaddayagonnado. Rebuilding in baseball I think is the toughest, because it seems that draft picks of any position, from any level and age group are really hit-or-miss, and they take quite a bit of time to develop (I think moreso than the NHL even). And add that to the disastrous franchise-wrecking left by Littlefield, this organization has no options other than to suffer for a short while longer before we see results.
 

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