Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
I have a friend who is a long-time Pirates fan. (She's a big reason I am a baseball fan today.) I e-mailed her yesterday and asked her if she thought the Bucs would sign Minky, and if they did, was there still room on the roster for Andy Phillips?
She replied that she didn't think there was room on the roster for either Minky or Andy. The fans love Minky, and want him back. She does, too. But the Pirates want 41-year-old Luis Gonzalez instead. She's horrified at the very thought.
Bucs Dugout thinks it's a bad idea, too:
The Pirates already have Jeff Salazar, a better, more versatile defensive outfielder and probably Gonzalez' equal as a hitter, signed to a minor league contract. The Pirates should let him have one of the bench spots. They also have Andy Phillips, a good minor-league hitter who can probably fill the Mientkiewicz infield-corners role perfectly well. Phillips can also fill in at second and left in a pinch, and he's a righty, so he can take some at bats against tough lefties away from Adam LaRoche early in the season.
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