For this week’s FanPost prompt, let your fellow posters know who you anticipate will be the Pirates’ most valuable player in 2017, and why. Use any criteria you like (WAR, traditional stats, other factors), but let’s not get too bogged down in what “value” means.
Do you expect a comeback season from Andrew McCutchen? Will McCutchen even be with the team the entire year? Will Starling Marte’s move from left field to center give him an edge on Cutch? Will Gregory Polanco break out and beat them both? Or will there be a big comeback season from Gerrit Cole, or a sophomore surge from Jameson Taillon? Or will someone else emerge as a key to the Pirates’ season, perhaps with contributions that are harder to measure? Let us know, and explain your reasoning.
Give us your take in the FanPosts, which are located on the right side of the main page.