Pirates Unlikely to See a First Base Upgrade

Two pieces of news recently came out which point to the Pittsburgh Pirates missing out on a chance to land a first base upgrade. First was the talk that Derrek Lee might opt for retirement if he doesn’t get the right deal between now and Spring Training. Lee remains unsigned, and isn’t open to returning to the Pirates, who want to bring him back. The second news was the signing of Carlos Pena by the Tampa Bay Rays to a one...

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Do the Pirates Need a First Baseman?

  Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports took a look at five off-season stories that will carry over in to the 2012 calendar year.  The first two on his list were the first base market, focusing on Prince Fielder, then the players on the market after Fielder. Fielder is definitely holding the market up right now. Morosi mentions that he might need to choose between the biggest offer and the best opportunity to win. In either event, the...

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Where Can the Pirates Add An Impact Player?

With the signing of Clint Barmes this past week, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their second move to upgrade the 2012 team from the team we saw in 2011.  But if you’re expecting a huge upgrade, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Anyone who takes a look at the available options at catcher and shortstop knows the positions are thin.  In fact, anyone who looks at the actual positions will realize that it’s not just...

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MLBTR Predicts a Busy Off-Season For Pirates

Every year, MLB Trade Rumors releases their top 50 free agents, along with predictions on which player will sign with which team.  The predictions are what they are: one person’s guess on how the off-season will play out.  They’re far from perfect, but they do provide a nice topic for discussion.  This year’s list has been released, and the predictions by Tim Dierkes suggest a busy off-season for the Pittsburgh...

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Derrek Lee is the Best First Baseman “Available”

In looking at the numbers for the upcoming first basemen, one thing stood out to me: Derrek Lee is good. That’s kind of obvious if you watched what Lee did in his limited time with the Pittsburgh Pirates this year.  Lee only had 101 at-bats, but hit for a .337/.398/.584 line with seven homers.  But when comparing him to the rest of the free agents, Lee looks like the best option that is “available” to the Pirates. I...

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