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First Pitch: What is the Next Move For the Pirates?

First Pitch: What is the Next Move For the Pirates?

Could Garrett Jones be the next to go? - Photo by Mark Olson

After Jason Grilli was signed, we waited for the other shoe to drop with a Joel Hanrahan trade. Now that the Hanrahan trade is completed, we're left waiting for another shoe to drop. One of the big returns in the deal was Jerry Sands, who joins a crowded corner outfield/first base situation. That crowded situation already has a lot of people speculating about the next move for the Pirates.

The Pirates don't necessarily have to make a move. They can afford to keep everyone currently on the roster. There are no space issues since they've got options on enough players to keep everyone. But keeping everyone doesn't make a lot of sense. First of all, we've already heard Garrett Jones trade rumors this off-season. Also, the Pirates acquired Clint Robinson and now Jerry Sands. Robinson was a minor move, and the cost to get him was small. He could have been added for depth, but I don't think Sands was added to be a bench player...

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