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2013 MLB Winter Meetings: Pittsburgh Pirates Have Plenty of First Base Options

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When the Pittsburgh Pirates ended the season against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS most could figure that they probably were not going to try and re-sign their late season first base addition, Justin Morneau. As good as his up-side is, Morneau just didn’t do much for them while he was there. It’s fine for the Bucs though because at the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings they have plenty of first base options.

They could still head towards the free agent market and go after someone like James Loney. Loney would certainly seem to be an upgrade and would cost them only money without having to lose any top prospects. He isn’t a guaranteed producer of MVP numbers which keeps the price manageable as well.

Because of the high asking price of Loney not matching what many see in his services, the Pirates seem to want to lean towards the trade market. That would bring in two possibilities they have been linked to in the first day of the meetings. One of those is the Miami Marlins Logan Morrison and the other is Toronto Blue Jays Adam Lind.

The cheaper of the two would probably be Morrison even though Lind struggles against lefties. That is because 23 homers and 63 RBI with a .288 batting average probably isn’t what most look to as a struggle when they currently need a first baseman. Besides that fact the Pirates have Gaby Sanchez as a possible platoon candidate already on the roster.

The question here would be whether the Pirates wanted something a little more guaranteed or to trade for the promise in Morrison. Because they want to win immediately I would imagine Lind would be a better fit for them but how things will unfold is uncertain at this time.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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