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Pittsburgh Pirates Off-Season Needs

Pittsburgh Pirates Off-Season Needs

Over the last two weeks I have reviewed each of the positions on the 25-man roster for the Pittsburgh Pirates, focusing on the 2010 season, as well as a look to the future at each position.  Based off of that analysis, here is how I see the 2011 25-man roster, heading in to the off-season.  For the positional analysis, click on the links for each position.

Catcher

The long term option at the position is Tony Sanchez, although he won't be up until mid-2012 at the earliest.  The Pirates have Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit under contract for 2011.  Snyder will only cost around $2.75 M, since Arizona sent $3 M in the trade that brought him to the Pirates.  He will also be the starter over Doumit.  It would be nice if the Pirates could trade Doumit this off-season, ridding themselves of his $5.1 M guaranteed salary, although it's unlikely any team would trade for him.

First Base

This is one of the holes on the 2011 team.  They have Garrett Jones, although Jones was poor against le...

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