“We’ve talked some about hitting,” Overbay said. “I’m not the kind of guy who’s going to walk up to someone and just give them my opinion. I think it’s more in how you go about your business, that’s what people notice.”
The 24-year-old McCutchen is one of the bright stars in the game. He hit 16 homers and stole 33 bases last season and big things are projected for his future. He appreciates what players such as Overbay and Diaz bring, on and off the field.
“It’s always good to have veterans like that,” McCutchen said. “A bunch of young guys like us, you need that.”
“It’s the small things they can teach us,” he said. “They have been where we want to go, they’ve done what we want to do.”
Veras and Beimel might bring that kind of stature to the bullpen. The Pirates had a majors-worst 5.00 ERA last season and could benefit from a pair of relievers who have pitched in the playoffs. Both signed minor league deals with Pittsburgh in the offseason.
Veras spent parts of four seasons with the New York Yankees, where winning was expected.
“He’s got presence out there,” new manager Clint Hurdle said.
Diaz begins this season as a platoon right fielder, sharing the spot with Garrett Jones. Whether he’s on the field a lot or not, Diaz is certain his pal Overbay and the other vets will help steer these Pirates.
“We’ll always have a voice,” he said.
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