Crankshaft wrote:I am curious to see who will be the starting 1B next season. Probably Garrett Jones.
TheGhostofGoulet wrote:Tom Singer of mlb.com is reporting that Burnett, Byrd & Barmes are the Pirates priorities.
I don't have a problem bringing back any of them, especially if Barmes is used as a defensive replacement late in games or platoons with Mercer.
Byrd, to me, is a question mark. He was great this season and would be the obvious right fielder. I just worry that if he gets a nice new contract, which Byrd will the Pirates pay? The one from last season, or the one that had to play in Mexico?
Troy Loney wrote:Not many options for the pirates. I don't think they should spend the kind of cash it would take to bring in a productive position player. Getting Byrd on a 2 year deal should be the best case scenario (no way he signs a one year deal). That's not really going to block Polanco as there's a good chance any of McCutchen, Byrd or Marte will get hurt and then They can bring up Polanco.
I don't mind the Mercer / Barmes split. I think Mercer should be given the opportunity to prove to everyone that he can't do the job before a legit replacement is brought in for SS.
I say just non tender Jones and bring him back for a lower value and let him compete with Lambo in spring training. Could care less about Sanchez, i'd say give him the same tactic. Non tender and then try at a lower salary. Exclusive platoon guys that play first base are replaceable for cheap.
I think they're still in a position where they need to keep loading up the farm system. McCutchen and Tabata (unfortunately) I think are the only guys that are really signed on for a long time. They don't really have any pieces on the ML roster that they can move to fill holes. They have depth in the bullpen, but I'm not sure what sort of trade value someone like Watson or Wilson have. They are still years away from a prospect being legitimately blocked to the point where they could make a need for need trade.
Chicago Now’s Tom Loxas has been told that the Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins and New York Mets would be the potential suitors along with the St.Louis Cardinals to acquire shortstop Starlin Castro.
ville5 wrote:James Loney
According to MLB.com’s Tom Singer, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington recognizes the first base issue and he has a specific player that he wants to target over the offseason. The player that tops Huntington’s wish-list for the offseason is Kendrys Morales.
ulf wrote:Please no Castro
thehockeyguru wrote:ville5 wrote:James LoneyAccording to MLB.com’s Tom Singer, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington recognizes the first base issue and he has a specific player that he wants to target over the offseason. The player that tops Huntington’s wish-list for the offseason is Kendrys Morales.
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