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Pirates Trade Rumors: Chris Iannetta Not Starting For Rockies

Troy Renck tweets that Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta isn’t in the team’s starting lineup even though he was to be in the lineup on Sunday. Of course, that might be insignificant, but the Pirates were connected to Iannetta a couple weeks back, so this is worth keeping an eye on.

The Bucs are in search of a longer-term option at catcher – Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit have both been injured for much of this year and will be let go at the end of the year, and as fun a player as Michael McKenry is, he doesn’t really hit enough to be a full-time starter long term. (Although that might change, of course.)

The question is whether Iannetta would be the right guy. He has massive home-road splits, and it’s a big problem when a Rockies player is doing all his hitting in the thin air of Colorado. He’s similar to Snyder in that he posts very low batting averages but draws walks and has power. The question is whether that batting average would shrink to an impossibly low number at PNC.

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