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First Pitch: Where Will All of the 1B/OF Options Fit?

First Pitch: Where Will All of the 1B/OF Options Fit?

The Pirates have a lot of 1B/OF options, but plenty of room for all of them. -- Image Credit: Mark Olson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added a lot of 1B/OF options for their major league squad in the last year. They traded for Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez at the trade deadline. They acquired Clint Robinson in a minor trade with Kansas City. Starling Marte made the jump to the majors in the second half of the 2012 season. They got Jerry Sands in the Joel Hanrahan trade. They signed minor league free agents like Felix Pie, Brad Hawpe, and Darren Ford.

Almost every move has been greeted with speculation that the Pirates are setting up for a Garrett Jones trade. I wouldn't completely rule that out, since there have been plenty of rumors about Jones. Since most of those rumors involve other teams balking at the Pirates' high asking price for Jones, I'll just say that a trade seems unlikely. There's also no pressure to make a deal. Despite all of the above additions, the Pirates have p...

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