With Lee and Ludwick added, the Pirates have a number of potential candidates they can let go. I see the choice is 2 from Overbay, Diaz, Jones, and Paul. Pearce could also be part of this group but I think the Bucs want to keep him around. Lets look at each one:
Overbay: What can you say, he has been a bust. Not hitting and his defense has not been what we hoped. The only reason you keep him is because you think he will get hot. Not likely.
Diaz: He is hitting .262 with 0 HRs. Zero HRs! His defense is not great. He can only play the OF.
Jones: He is hitting .230 with 10 HRs. His defense is not great either. He can also play 1st and is left handed.
X. Paul: He is hitting .261 with 1HR and 12 SBs. He has speed and a good arm, but takes bad routes and muffs grounders.
I think Overbay and Diaz walk the plank. Jones has some power and could be a good platoon with Ludwick. Plus Jones gives us a left-handed backup at 1B and a left-handed PH off the bench. We need X. Paul to fill in until Presley comes back. Once Presley and Tabata come back, I think X Paul and Jones are gone. Unless Tabata comes back after Sept 1st and the rosters expand, then either X.Paul of Jones stays on the roster.
IMHO, I'd drop Overbay, Diaz, and Jones. I'd bring up Bowker and give him some ABs. He has some power and his defense is better than Jones. Also Bowker can be backup at 1B. I have seen enough of Jones that I think someone else should get a shot.
Poll attached to see what we all think.
With Lee and Ludwick added, who should be let go?
Overbay and Diaz (170 votes)
Overbay and Jones (8 votes)
Jones and Diaz (1 vote)
Overbay and Paul (65 votes)
Jones and Paul (2 votes)
Diaz and Paul (10 votes)
Other (26 votes)
282 total votes