This afternoon at Pirate City, Gaby Sanchez was fielding ground balls at third base, rotating with Pedro Alvarez. Sanchez got some time at third base last year during Spring Training, and played four innings at the position during the 2013 season. Clint Hurdle said that the Pirates would be looking at Sanchez more this Spring.
"We're going to get him some innings at third," Hurdle said. "That's one of the things we want to do."
One of the big concerns with the depth of this team is that there aren't many options at third base behind Pedro Alvarez. The Pirates could shuffle their infield around to move Neil Walker or Jordy Mercer to third, but either move would put Clint Barmes in the starting lineup, which would be a big offensive downgrade from Alvarez. Josh Harrison could play third, but doesn't have the bat you'd want. Sanchez wouldn't be ideal, but he's not as bad as some of the other options.
"We're going to have a Plan B and a Plan C if something were to happen to Pedro,...
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