Lee is unlikely to accept arbitration by Wednesday's deadline.
Coming in to the winter meetings, it was clear that the biggest need for the Pittsburgh Pirates was at first base. The team saw strong defensive additions at catcher and shortstop already this off-season, although the strong defense doesn't come with much offense for the lineup. The moves make sense if you add a first baseman who can fit in to the cleanup role and give the lineup a boost.
The Pirates are pretty much set at every position on the field except first base. That's not to say there aren't questions. Pedro Alvarez is coming off a horrible year, and any strong production from him is far from a guarantee. Yet you've got to start Alvarez, in part due to a lack of alternatives, but also due to his potential....
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