Pirates Interested in Ike Davis and Mitch Moreland

It appears the Pittsburgh Pirates are still looking for a first baseman via trade after the Winter Meetings. Jon Heyman reports that they are interested in Ike Davis and Mitch Moreland.

I wrote about both players in my recap of the available first basemen after the meetings. Personally I like Justin Smoak over either of these options, although Seattle has said they might keep Smoak. The Mets have been asking for a young, cost controlled starter for Davis, most notably focusing on Tyler Thornburg of the Brewers. I haven’t seen many public demands for Moreland.

There are enough first basemen available that it seems almost certain that the Pirates will be able to fill their first base void. Even if they don’t go for these two options, there’s the possibility that Smoak is available. There’s also Eric Chavez as a sleeper option if they don’t want to make a trade.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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