Gosselin will fill the super utility role that Sean Rodriguez had played the past two seasons. In his career Gosselin has played every position except catcher and center field. Additionally, Gosselin fills the Pirates’ hole at backup shortstop.
In his career Gosselin owns a .281/.331/.385/.726 slash line. His career wOBA is .314, wRC+ is 93, and his career WAR is 1.7. He also owns a 6.0 career walk percentage, 18.2 strikeout percentage, and an ISO of .102.
The addition of Gosselin adds a right-handed bat and depth to the infield amid uncertainty regarding Jung Ho Kang’s availability.
A South Korean court recently set a Feb. 22 trial date to address charges stemming from Kang’s DUI arrest in December. Kang can request to move the trial, but he must appear in court at some point.
“It absolutely does serve as insurance (for Kang's absence) if needed,” Huntington said. “But we also have been looking for an extra right-handed hitter, and Gosselin is a guy who can play multiple positions.”
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