It hasn’t been a real productive spring for veteran third baseman Brandon Inge. A non-roster invitee with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he is looking to be the backup for Pedro Alvarez. With the recent acquisition of infielder John McDonald, there may not be room for Inge on the roster.
Last season Inge helped lead the Oakland A’s to the playoffs. He was a veteran presence on a young team that needed a leader. He could easily fill the same kind of role for the Pirates in 2013. The two things he needs to do is drive in some runs and hit the occasional long ball. He currently has two big fat zeros in those columns this spring. Do the Pirates keep him and hope his bat eventually comes around or do they cut bait?
The Pirates would be better off letting Inge go and maybe finding someone else to fill that role. I believe the team needs a veteran with playoff experience, but I don’t think Inge’s bat has anything left in it. The team should wait to see who gets cut from other teams and swoop in and grab one of those guys.
I think the writing is on the proverbial wall for Inge. He has struggled to keep his batting average above .200 the last two seasons and this spring he hasn’t shown any signs of this trend changing. I love his gritty style and his leadership ability, but it is simply not enough for him to stick with the team. Management should wish him the best of luck and send him on his way.