Spring is here and Eric Karabell misses baseball, so he is going to write about all 30 MLB teams, covering myriad player values and his general thoughts for what he hopes will ultimately be a fruitful 2020 season.
Next up, the Pittsburgh Pirates!
Top fantasy storyline: One lonely Pirate is likely to go in the first 15 rounds of a standard mixed league, and that is All-Star first baseman Josh Bell, who slugged 37 home runs and knocked in 116 runs last season. Nearly one-third of the home runs came in a magical June, when he blasted 12 and hit .390. The entire year prior, Bell hit 12 home runs with 62 RBIs. Yeah, quite a change. Fantasy managers like power, of course, but Bell had a poor second half, hitting .233 with only 10 blasts, so there is reasonable concern this is not a safe, reliable player after all.
What's new: Longtime outfielder