By Zach Morrison @Zach_Morrison1 on June 14, 2014
After a horrible start to the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates have finally been playing some really good baseball. Assuming they close out this victory against the Miami Marlins, they will be at .500 again and have their sights on a postseason berth. Here are five players they could move on from without suffering any setbacks.
No longer a starter for the Pirates anymore, Clint Barmes has seen limited playing time. In 80 plate appearances, Barmes has a .239/.313/.282 line with a 69 wRC+. He's still an above-average defensive shortstop, but if the Pirates need to cut ties with him, they shouldn't hesitate.
Jordy Mercer is the starting shortstop and he has been hot lately, hitting .311/.333/.467 in June. But if the Pirates can acquire someone like Didi Gregorius, they shouldn't resist pulling the trigger on such a deal because they have Mercer already in the fold.
Now that Gregory Polanco is the every day right fielder, the Pirates can afford to move on from either Travis Snider or Jose Tabata. Getting rid of Snider would be much easier since he's on a one-year deal. Quite frankly, losing his .232/.324/.336 line wouldn't be so bad for the Pirates anyway.
Chris Stewart is still a great defensive catcher, but he has absolutely no life in his bat. The role of a backup catcher isn't particularly significant, so it isn't the biggest deal. However, if the Pirates can find a better option, they should definitely make a move to replace Stewart.
Jeanmar Gomez is the weakest link in the Pirates' bullpen. His role isn't very important, he's just the mop-up man. However, I want the best 25 guys on the roster at all times. Don't let his 3.65 ERA fool you, he's not a good pitcher, and he could easily be replaced.
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