There have been conflicting reports about what direction the Pirates will go in with their first base vacancy. Yesterday all of the talk surrounded trade options, including Morrison. Today Buster Olney reported the Pirates were talking with James Loney again. And now it's back to Morrison. Based on how many first basemen are available, and how few teams need a first baseman, it seems the Pirates (and other teams) are keeping their options open and waiting for the prices to drop.
Rosenthal says that the Brewers and the Mariners are the two other "hottest teams", and that others are involved. The Brewers have been linked to Corey Hart, and won't trade for a first baseman until they get a "no" from him.
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