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First Pitch: When Should Players Change Positions?

First Pitch: When Should Players Change Positions?

There are two types of questions I get often involving players changing positions. Usually the questions surround a position of immediate need for the Pirates. This year all of the questions involve first base. The questions have the focus of filling a first base need, either in the short-term or the long-term. I answer them all the time, but felt I would expand on each answer here.
Short-Term
The short-term questions usually involve shuffling the infield around to fill the first base position. I've seen many variations, but to give two examples:

1. Some variation of Neil Walker/Pedro Alvarez at 1B/3B (with either Walker moving to first, or Alvarez to first and Walker to third), with Jordy Mercer playing second and Clint Barmes playing shortstop.

2. Tony Sanchez moving to first base, or Russell Martin moving to third base, Sanchez catching, and Alvarez to first.

I'm assuming the Pirates will have an infield that includes Pedro Alvarez at third, Jordy Mercer at shortstop, Nei...

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