If (or when) the 2020 MLB season begins, it's a near certainty the league will employ a universal designated hitter (DH). That means the Pirates have some options to help bolster their lineup.
Minds will immediately gravitate to one player: Josh Bell.
All Bell did in 2019 was hit 37 home runs and ring up 116 RBIs, slashing .277/.367/.569 across an All-Star campaign. But he struggles on defense. Waiting in the minors is Will Craig, a Gold Glove-winning first baseman who also provides some pop, so the idea here seems obvious. Let Bell swing away, where he's best, and let the young prospect Craig shine defensively while continuing to improve his efficiency at the plate.
Makes sense... but what if we go ahead and ignore that option?
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