Winter Meetings Notebook: Platoons

The lone move the Pittsburgh Pirates made on day two was the signing of outfielder Matt Diaz.  The Pirates were reported to have interest in Diaz last week after he was non-tendered by the Atlanta Braves.  The signing of Diaz raises an interesting question about how the Pirates will handle their starting first base and right field positions in 2011, and whether they will employ a platoon situation. Diaz is very similar to recently...

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Pirates Inquired on Orlando Cabrera

According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates have inquired on free agent shortstop Orlando Cabrera.  Dejan mentions that he doesn’t know the level of interest in Cabrera, just that the team inquired on him. Cabrera, who just turned 36 last month, is on the downside of his career.  In 2008 and 2009 he posted a .705 OPS in each season.  In 2010 that dropped to a .657 OPS, despite playing in Cincinnati.  Historically,...

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Shortstop Updates

A few updates on the shortstop front today: -The Pirates were never linked to him, and it was only my wish list, but Ryan Theriot was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, in exchange for Blake Hawksworth. -Jon Paul Morosi reports that the San Francisco Giants have increased their pursuit of Jason Bartlett, and are one of the most serious suitors for the Tampa Bay shortstop. -Morosi also mentions that the Minnesota Twins aren’t...

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The Shortstop Situation

Yesterday Dejan Kovacevic reviewed the team needs that have been filled this off-season, noting that the Pirates plugged a big hole at second base, and filled a need with their additions to the bullpen.  However, DK made a good point that shortstop, much like second base, was a big need heading in to this off-season, and that the Ronny Cedeno/Bobby Crosby combo might not be the answer. Back in October, when the off-season was...

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