Now that Ike Davis is a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, they potentially have their first base position under control for the next three years. Davis might not work out, but if he plays up to his career numbers, he'll be a good platoon player at the least.
The Pirates didn't have a great first base option for the long-term in the minor leagues. The best bet in the short-term was Andrew Lambo, who was a converted outfielder. Lambo had a shot of winning the job out of Spring Training, but struggled and was sent to Triple-A. Now that Davis is in the system, and with Gregory Polanco arriving in right field this summer, it's hard to find a future spot in Pittsburgh for Lambo.
Beyond Lambo, the Pirates have a few first base prospects, but they're all raw to various degrees and none of them can be considered the "first baseman of the future." If you're wondering, this was true even when Alex Dickerson was in the system. One benefit to having Davis under control through the 2016 season...
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