Aug 7, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak (17) hits a two-run double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Bucs Still Looking For First Baseman

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Yesterday I took a look at the fact that the Pittsburgh Pirates were likely out of the running for Kendrys Morales, due to not wanting to surrender a first-round pick in order to sign the Scott Boras client.

That doesn’t mean they are done shopping though.

Aug 30, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis (29) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two run home run during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Pirates are not giving up on the possibility of adding a lefthanded-hitting first baseman through trade. Though they haven’t found a good match yet, the Bucs appear to still want to find a platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez in 2014.

The Bucs are reportedly keeping an eye on how spring goes for New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis. If he has a good spring, the Mets will likely be able to move him.

Stark also noted that the Bucs could be players for guys such as Justin Smoak and Mitch Moreland, depending on where Morales and Nelson Cruz end up signing as free agents.

In the meantime though it looks like the team is confident in their internal options, which include converted outfielder Andrew Lambo, who hit 32 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A last year, former Rangers prospect Chris McGuiness and non-roster invitee Travis Ishikawa.

Pirates’ general manager Neal Huntington told Stark:

That doesn’t stop us from looking elsewhere. It’s just that now, our bar has been set a little bit higher, as to ‘How do we make the club better?’ And ‘How do we make the club better at the right situation for us?’ … If there’s something that makes us better, and makes sense for us, we’ll still look to do that.”

If I were a betting man, I would expect one of the three options already in camp to open the season with the team, leaning heavily towards Lambo.


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