Jones was the best option at first base this year, but wasn't good enough to lock down the position for 2011.

Yesterday I went over the right field situation, noting that the circumstances didn't change during the 2010 season.  The Pirates started the season with a lot of options, but no lock for a right fielder, and ended the season with new options, and no lock for a future right fielder.  The first base scenario is a lot of the same.  The start of the season saw Jeff Clement as the starting first baseman.  Many were worried about Clement's defense, after moving from catcher to first.  I was more concerned with his hitting, which ended up being the big problem this year.

The Pirates had Steve Pearce in the minors as an option.  Like Neil Walker, Pearce had a huge season in AAA,...

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