Today the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to deals with Neil Walker and James McDonald, avoiding arbitration with each player. Outside of the pending Francisco Liriano deal, that should wrap up the key moves for the Pirates. With pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training in ten days, there's not much time to add any remaining pieces to the roster. Looking at each position below, it looks like the Pirates have filled all of their roster spots -- either with guaranteed starters, or plenty of options competing for a starting job.
Catcher - The Pirates signed Russell Martin to a two-year, $17 M deal this off-season. Michael McKenry is expected to be the backup catcher.
First Base - Currently the Pirates are slated to go with a platoon of Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez. There have been some trade rumors surrounding Jones this off-season, but we really haven't heard much on that front since the middle of December. Most of the teams who were looking at him have filled their need. We ...
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