The Pirates broke camp in spring training with Casey McGehee and Garrett Jones to platoon at first base, with Matt Hague making the team on the bench as another option. By the end of the season McGehee was traded for Chad Qualls, Hague was sent to the minors, and the Pirates may have found the power bat they were looking for to handle that position in Jones. The 31-year-old will be second time arbitration eligible this offseason. With Gaby Sanchez returning next year, Jones will likely get the primary playing time at first again, with Sanchez in the lineup against lefties.
Garrett Jones - Photo by Mark Olson
Jones had a career-year with Pittsburgh, belting out highs in home runs (27) and runs scored (68). He also tied his career-high 86 RBIs (also in 2010) while finishing with a .274 average over 145 games with the Pirates. Jones bounced between right field (58 starts) and first base (65) with Pittsburgh. Jones will be arbitration eligible for a second time...