The Pittsburgh Pirates are determined to take another step forward next season as they attempt a World Series run. However, in order to do that they will need to upgrade a few positions, with first base being one in particular.
The Pirates have been linked to Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind. As recent as Monday morning, they have also shown an interest in Miami Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison. Both players will require a trade to be acquired by the Pirates, which doesn’t appear to be a problem for the franchise.
There is no question in my mind that Lind is by far the better offensive asset than Morrison is. He’s got more pop in his bat and has a far better career batting average, which is one of the main reasons the Marlins want to trade Morrison. Lind also has been more durable over the course of his career.
The fact that Lind is 30 years old, and four years older than Morrison, certainly plays a role in Pittsburgh’s thought process. Lind is also a free agent in 2015, which means the Pirates would only be expecting to have his services for a deep playoff run in 2014, assuming they don’t extend his contract immediately after a trade.
On top of that, Lind struggles mightily against left-handed pitchers. The good news is the Pirates have Gaby Sanchez, who is more than capable of platooning at first base in the case that Lind can’t hit left-handers next year.
In my opinion, Lind’s strengths outweigh his weaknesses, which means he’s a great fit for the Pirates. Pittsburgh shouldn’t even entertain the thought of acquiring Morrison in a trade, even though he would come cheap, because he won’t give the Pirates the right amount of power they’re looking for this offseason.