Jayson Stark of ESPN says that clubs who have talked to the Pirates believe that James Loney is emerging as their top choice.

https://twitter.com/jaysonst/status/408275202837975040

Stark mentions Adam Lind and Mitch Moreland, who would both require trades. Lind is under contract for $7 M in 2014, and has club options in 2015 ($7.5 M, $1 M buyout) and 2016 ($8 M, $0.5 M buyout). Moreland is under team control for three more seasons, and becomes expendable with the recent addition of Prince Fielder in Texas.

Loney would easily be the best choice of the three. He wouldn't cost prospects, and has had the best results of the group. He had a poor season in 2012, but that was sandwiched between two years with a 2.0+ WAR. Moreland has never been above an 0.7 WAR in a single season. Lind h...

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