Pirates sign Derek Bell for 2 years,
This signing makes no sense. The Pirates were
smart to grab a guy when his trade value was low (although not as
low as last season), but there's a good reason why his trade
value is low - Bell is not a very good hitter anymore. In
actuality, Bell was never a particularly good hitter. Bell is
the exact type of player the Pirates should be avoiding most - a
"proven veteran" who commands a salary well above what he
deserves, because of his experience. The Pirates could have
taken the $7.5 million a year they're spending on Bell and Terry
Mulholland and signed a minor league free agent pitcher (for almost
nothing), and a good risk like Ismael Valdes. Valdes would add
another question mark to the rotation, but his upside is big.
Bell and Mulholland don't have much of an upside - they're temporary
solutions, but the Pirates don't look good in the long term, either.
TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A
can't miss move; automatically makes the team
Home Run - A great move;
will help the team now and down the road.
Triple - A good move; plugs
a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double - An average move;
team will get what they paid for.
Single - A head-scratcher;
could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out - A panic move; tells
fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play - A disaster;
will make fans angry just thinking about it.