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Potential Off-Season Targets: Shortstops

Potential Off-Season Targets: Shortstops

One of the needs the Pittsburgh Pirates need to eventually address is their starting shortstop role.  Ronny Cedeno has strong defensive tools, but inconsistent play limits him, and made him a below-average shortstop in 2010.  The Pirates don't necessarily need an All-Star shortstop.  Their biggest need would be a strong defender, especially since the current rotation and a lot of the top minor league prospects are heavy ground ball pitchers.  Also, as Charlie at Bucs Dugout has pointed out a lot this off-season, any talk of adding new pitchers to the rotation seems useless without upgrading the defense behind those pitchers.

The Pirates could go with Cedeno at shortstop in 2011, and hope that he shows some sort of defensive consistency.  They also have defense-only options in Pedro Ciriaco and Argenis Diaz, although neither is proven at the major league level.  The Pirates also have Chase D'Arnaud, Jordy Mercer, and Brian Friday close to the majors.  D'Arnaud is the top prospect in ...

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