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First Pitch: Will the Pirates Get a First Baseman or a Right Fielder?

First Pitch: Will the Pirates Get a First Baseman or a Right Fielder?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have needs at first base and right field this off-season. They have several internal options for the positions, although it would be best if they went with at least one free agent to give them a boost.

At first base, the Pirates look to be going back to a platoon. They'll be looking for someone to pair up with Gaby Sanchez, which is the opposite of the last two years when they were looking for someone like Gaby Sanchez to pair with Garrett Jones. They've got one of two options for a platoon. They could stay internal and go with Andrew Lambo. This would make sense in the long-term, especially with Gregory Polanco projected to arrive sometime in 2014. Lambo doesn't have a future in the Pirates' outfield, and his only future as a starter in Pittsburgh is at first base.

Lambo is pretty much the only internal option for first base. The alternative for a platoon would be going with a trade or free agent. It's hard to say who would be available via trade. Ike Davi...

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