Coming into the 2014 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had question marks at first base, both in the short-term and long-term. They added Ike Davis in a trade with the Mets, hoping that he could help in the short-term and possibly the long-term.
The third base position looked good with Pedro Alvarez in the short-term, but had long-term questions with Alvarez expected to be a free agent after the 2016 season.
And now? Neither position looks good in the short-term or the long-term.
At first base, Ike Davis has not worked out. Gaby Sanchez, who has had good numbers against lefties in his career, has not been doing his part in the right-handed side of the platoon. At third base, Pedro Alvarez has had a disaster year. His power has been down offensively, and his defense has been horrible. The Pirates are now moving him to first base, which was a move that was made possible by the emergence of Josh Harrison this year.
"Josh Harrison gave us comfort," Neal Huntington said on the move...
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