The Pirates need to upgrade over Jones at first base this off-season.
A week ago I looked at some options to fill the starting pitching needs for the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates. Since then, a few names and rumors have emerged, with the focus mostly being on pitching. Despite the coverage focusing around pitchers, the 2011 Pirates have a few more needs on the team. One of the needs is either a first baseman or a right fielder.
In my current 25-man roster projection I have Garrett Jones projected as the starting first baseman, and Lastings Milledge as the starting right fielder. Jones had a breakout year in 2009, but saw a regression in his numbers during the 2010 season. He hit for a .247/.306/.414 line in 592 at-bats with 21 homers. He had trouble against left handers, with a .220/.261/.360 line and six homers in 214 at-bats, compared to a .262/.330/.444 line and 15 homers in 378 at-bats against right handers.
The Pirates have talked about platooning Jones, although he migh...
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