Akinori Iwamura isn't going to make the Pirates a winning baseball team. He's a nice player and a viable starting second baseman, provided he is healthy. His bat plays well at the positionùhis .354 career on-base percentage is actually significantly better than Freddy Sanchez', although he does not have as much gap powerùand he has an average glove for a second baseman. But he's not exactly a world-beater. He's 30 years old and coming off ACL surgery, and he has never hit more than seven home runs or driven in 50 runs in a season. Plus he's only under contract for one more year. The Pirates shouldn't trade for players like this when they have to give up younger players whose rights they control. This, at least, has been the common rationale cited by those who oppose the trade. But what e ...
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