The Pittsburgh Pirates have yet to fill their gaping hole at first base, and according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, they aren’t ready to give up on their search. If the Pirates don’t add a first baseman prior to the start of the regular season, they will begin the 2014 season with an Andrew Lambo/Gaby Sanchez platoon. Sanchez would be fine in a platoon, but Lambo is unproven and has several question marks.
According to Cafardo, the Pirates and first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales have “mutual interest” in a deal. However, Cafardo also adds that the Bucs would prefer to add a first baseman via trade rather than the free agent market. This could be for a variety of reasons, with the most likely reason being that the Pirates don’t wish to surrender than first-round draft pick to sign Morales. Also, he is likely going to receive a nice payday when a team finally decides to scoop him up off the market.
Cafardo lists three trade targets that the Pirates have interest in, and they aren’t new names – Adam Lind, Ike Davis and Mitch Moreland. Of the three, Lind is by far the best. Davis and Moreland are both unproven, and Davis comes with significant question marks. The Toronto Blue Jays and the Pirates have had trade talks before regarding Lind, but the Pirates basically laughed and put the phone down when the Jays asked for second baseman Neil Walker is return.
At least it sounds like the Pirates aren’t completely giving up hope for a new first baseman. It’s nice to hear that they are trying — they haven’t exactly been heard from much this winter. I still think the offseason would be a bit of a failure if they fail to acquire an upgrade at first base.