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New 1B Options

I'm kind of tired of talking about the same seven players as potential acquisitions for the Pirates for next year (Kendry Morales, Mark Trumbo, C.J. Cron, Billy Butler, Ike Davis, Yonder Alonso, LARS ANDERSON), so I went trolling the dregs (just like NH does) and just randomly happened upon three guys with little or no MLB experience. I know very little about how these organizations value these players (for the most part) and have only ever seen one of them play, so I greatly appreciate any feedback, especially on the cost from the Pirates end. I'm putting them in no particular order. All stats courtesy of BBRef and Fangraphs.

David Cooper - Toronto - He was miserable in 27 games with the Blue Jays last year split between the spring and the fall. In the minors, he was a doubles machine who repeated AA. His homerun numbers tailed off at AAA, but his other numbers improved significantly (granted, in the PCL). BBRef lists his MiLB defense as above average. After acquiring Santos and starting to increase payroll, the Blue Jays look to be contending this year. They've shown they're willing to part with prospects, but I have no idea what Cooper would cost. He's a lefty, which plays in PNC. He'll be 25 for next season and at 6'0, 200 lbs., he might still be growing into his power.

Chris Parmelee - Minnesota - Held his own after jumping up to Minnesota from AA and playing 21 games for the Twins. Really mediocre MiLB power numbers, but he did have a .355 OBP in 6 seasons. After being picked in the 1st round in 2006, the word "flop" comes to mind. I'm not sure what Minnesota has planned for him in 2012, but they owe Mourneau a buttload of money over the next two years and gave their other onerous contract (Mauer) time at 1B last year, too (along with signing Doumit as a potential backup to both). BBRef rates him as consistently average defensively at 1B. I imagine he can be had pretty cheaply and might project for more power (he's big: 6'1, 230). Also a lefty.

Aaron Bates - Minnesota - Played in 5 whole games for Boston in July of 2009, reaching base 5 times (2 doubles) in 12 PA's. Numbers say he was overmatched in AAA upon being promoted in 2009 and playing the whole season there in 2010. He was signed as a FA by Minnesota earlier this year and put up a .316/.408/.439 slash line in his 3rd year at AAA. He's below average defensively and showed diminished power at the higher developmental levels, but he's always had good OBP skills (.378 in 6 seasons of MiLB). He's getting old (28 next year) and he's a righty, but he was a FA for a month and a half just last year; I can't imagine he'd cost anything. Because I'm apparently now obsessed with physical size, he's another big guy at 6'4, 230.

Kila Ka'aihue - Oakland - I expect to be raked over coals for even bringing his name up. He flopped pretty spectacularly in about half a season's playing time spread out over 3 years in KC. He'll be 28 next year. He's always put up good MiLB numbers, but looks miserable at the MLB level (saw him two or three times last year; he looks especially bad after you see Hosmer do his job 1,000 times better). His OBP and slugging have always been solid (they took a bit of a dive last year). He's in a 4-way logjam with Daric Barton, Chris Carter, and Brandon Allen at 1B in Oakland right now, so it's highly unlikely that the Athletics have any real plans for him. He was traded there from KC this past September; I'm not sure if it's the same, but I'm assuming he cleared waivers. Basically, another very cheap option, another lefty, another big guy (6'4, 235), and an awesome name that I'd love to hear Lanny & co. butcher while wearing my Ka'aihue jersey.

That's my mediocre list. None of these guys are even guaranteed MLB material and the Pirates would be remiss if they acquired one of them and planned to rely on them at 1B, but I wouldn't mind seeing one of them (or another unknown quantity) end up in the mix. I wanted to get a few more names out there and try to be creative without getting expensive or too cute. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated, especially from those of you more familiar with scouting than I am (Vlad, McCutchenisthetruth, etc.)!!

Baes

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