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First Pitch: The First Base Rumor Mill is Active

First Pitch: The First Base Rumor Mill is Active

Day one of the Winter Meetings is over, and it was pretty uneventful for most of the league. There were a lot of rumors -- or for the Pirates there were actual rumors and topics to discuss -- but nothing went down. That's kind of expected after all of the moves that were made last week. A lot of the rumors today seemed to indicate that some moves could be made later this week. That was especially true with the first base market, which seemed very active today, with a lot of rumored discussions. I've rounded up all of the Pirates related rumors for first baseman below. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Pirates leave the Winter Meetings with a new first baseman.
James Loney
The Rays and the Pirates seem to be the top teams going after Loney. Rays manager Joe Maddon isn't optimistic about Loney returning, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/status/410153359790702592

Last week there was a rumor saying Loney was emerging as the top c...

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