While many want to see the Bucs make a splash and bring in a bat like Morales that could potentially help this season, I really wouldn’t count on it. Even though we’ve reported the mutual interest between the team and Morales, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Pirates aren’t willing to forfeit the draft pick they would need to sign Morales.
Kendrys Morales status: Don’t rule out Seattle. Word is Duquette can’t get financial go-ahead and Pittsburgh won’t part with the draft pick.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) February 17, 2014
That’s not surprising in the least and a stance that I agree with. There also wasn’t much of a chance that the Bucs would have been able to sign Morales to a team-friendly contract, being that the veteran slugger is represented by Scott Boras. If the Bucs do make an upgrade at first base, it will come via trade.
For the time being though, with the full team now reporting to Bradenton, it looks as if the answer will have to come in-house. That means all eyes will be on Andrew Lambo and Chris McGuiness to see who can emerge as a platoon partner with Gaby Sanchez.