Comments on: Do the Pirates Need a First Baseman? http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/do-the-pirates-need-a-first-baseman.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:25:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/do-the-pirates-need-a-first-baseman.html#comment-11475 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 08:54:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22686#comment-11475 What about the Pirates calling the Padres and asking about Anthony Rizzo 1B, who appears to be blocked since the trade for Yonder Alonso.  Rizzo has a nice swing who would fit into PNC Park, and he has 6 full years left before free agency.

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By: Ross http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/do-the-pirates-need-a-first-baseman.html#comment-11465 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 02:51:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22686#comment-11465 yeah well you have to remember those “good reliable starting pitchers” need to agree to come to the pirates first of all. no big name players want to go to the pirates unless they are winners. just because they have available money does not equal they can just sign a roy oswalt with the snap of a finger

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By: Scott Klima http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/do-the-pirates-need-a-first-baseman.html#comment-11456 Mon, 26 Dec 2011 20:59:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22686#comment-11456 I believe that the ideal way to approach our two biggest needs of 1B and SP is to sign a pitcher and trade for a 1B.  Although there aren’t a ton of SP options out there right now, there are still some quality starters, and we can choose from going for an inning eater (bringing Maholm back) or going for a riskier option (Francis, C Young).  I am still in favor of bringing Maholm back, giving us another LHP option in the rotation and someone who we can expect to stick in the rotation the whole year.

At 1B, the trade options are much better than the FAs.  Lee only played good after the deadline, but was awful with Baltimore, could be a sign that he was just playing for a contract the last couple months.  Pena is ok, but not great.  Very low BA won’t be worth $10 million a year.  Trading for Trumbo or Rizzo makes the most sense, both could potentially lock up the 1B position in Pittsburgh for years.  We could probably dump Jones in a trade for either, along with a good OF prospect (Grossman maybe? hopefully not Marte) and a pitching prospect.  

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By: Mike Adamson http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/do-the-pirates-need-a-first-baseman.html#comment-11455 Mon, 26 Dec 2011 20:51:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22686#comment-11455 Pitching is what kept the season interesting last season and is the only hope to keep it interesting this season too. Too bad 7-10 million gets you Paul Maholm back. I’m rooting for Pena just so we flip him at the trade deadline to a contender. Fielder isnt happening even though the Pirates should realize the central is wide open this year.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/do-the-pirates-need-a-first-baseman.html#comment-11454 Mon, 26 Dec 2011 20:49:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22686#comment-11454 Thing is most 1b that are available are 1 year options. If they really think Pedro is going to rebound offensively and he is eventually going to 1b you cant really clog that position up. Pedro has really painted them into a corner. Maybe they should be looking more for a young 3b since after Pedro maybe Mercer is a good internal candidate.
For this year it would be great to add a Lee/Pena and a SP like Edwin Jackson but thats a lil shortsighted. Granted maybe that team gets you over .500 not sure if it helps longterm.
I was wondering if they could approach the Nationals for john Lannan or Ross detwiler. Adding 1 of them via trade and maybe adding whatever 1b is left come late January would be a pretty realistic move.
I also would like to see Correia moved for a bucket of balls to whoever will take the salary

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By: James S http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/do-the-pirates-need-a-first-baseman.html#comment-11452 Mon, 26 Dec 2011 18:26:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22686#comment-11452 I would prefer they get another hitter and leave the 6th starter to whoever steps it up best in spring training or the first month of minor league baseball. The Pirates NEVER have enough hitting. Even if they dropped a few bucks on Xavier Nady I’d be happy. He has to be close to healthy since that arm operation a few years ago (if he isnt, nevermind). I’d take Casey Kotchman too.
Just one more hitter to give them the option in case Garrett Jones or McGehee get hurt, because other than them it’s down to Matt Hague and Jeff Clement. Now maybe Hague won’t be a bad option to bring up if either get hurt, but I’d feel a lot more comfortable with a proven major leaguer at the ready. They shouldn’t wait for Fielder to sign to because that’s when the run will start and all the available first basemen will be gone quickly.

If they have any chance at all to get Trumbo in a trade, I wish they would strike now and not wait. Trumbo preferably, because Rizzo didn’t show much in his time in majors. He may be a bust already for all we now, just another Jeff Clement quad-a hitter.

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By: Todd Smith http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/do-the-pirates-need-a-first-baseman.html#comment-11451 Mon, 26 Dec 2011 16:59:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22686#comment-11451 I’m not sure it’s really fair to say all nine of those teams are looking to sign a first baseman.  Several of those teams are just interested in Fielder.  If the Rangers don’t get Fielder, I don’t see them going after Pena or Lee…they would just stick with Moreland.  Same with the Nationals, they would likely just stick with LaRoche if they can’t get Fielder.  The Orioles and Mariners might be in the same boat with internal options at first base and only showing interest in Fielder so far.  The Brewers seem to be ok with going forward with Gamel, and don’t seem to have any more money to spend.  I see the Cubs either spending on Fielder, or going young and cheap with Rizzo.  Lee and Pena don’t seem like fits for their rebuild.

Getting a Lee or a Pena into the middle of the lineup instead of letting Walker hit cleanup seems like a much bigger need to me than signing Jeff Francis to be the 6th starter, just in case.  Seems like we have a lot of 6th starter options ready at AAA already. I think the Pirates will manage to land a first baseman at a decent price just due to lack of interest around the league.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/12/do-the-pirates-need-a-first-baseman.html#comment-11449 Mon, 26 Dec 2011 16:20:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=22686#comment-11449 I absolutely agree with you that the available money should be spent on a good reliable starting pitcher  and if money is left consider a young 1st base candidate ie. Lucas Duda who would be very affordable.

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