Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 2/13/13
Spring training is hurtling towards us at a rapid pace, but the Pirates are apparently still filling out the fringes of their spring roster. While everyone was watching burning cabins and presidential speeches last night, the Pirates were signing Brandon Inge to a minor league deal. Inge, of course, spent most of his career in Detroit before being released by the Tigers in April of last year. He subsequently picked up with Oakland and started for them at third base before separating his shoulder twice in August and early September and missing the rest of the season and playoffs. Inge is basically a third base version of Clint Barmes. He can't hit even a little bit (since 2006 his OPS is .698 and his OPS+ is 84), but he's a spectacular defender at third base: Baseball-Reference has him pegged as 13.5 wins above replacement defensively for his career and while he's a utility guy that's played all over, it looks like about 80% of that value has come from his time at third.  Whi...
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