The Pirates started Spring Training this week, with workouts beginning on Thursday. For all of the Spring Training coverage, both now and throughout the pre-season, check out our Spring Training page.
We started the week with previews of all four position groups: The Infield, The Outfield, The Rotation, and The Bullpen.
One of the big question marks has been first base. The Pirates don't have a guarantee with Andrew Lambo, but his breakout season last year would warrant a starting role. They could still add someone from the outside, but that's not urgent, since none of the external options look that strong. On Monday I looked at how the Pirates were in a great bargaining position for first base. They're the only team in need of a first baseman, and none of the available first basemen really stand out above everyone else. I could see one of the trade options (Ike Davis, Mitch Moreland, Justin Smoak) becoming available for a cheap price late in Spring Training.
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