Justin K. Aller
Pirates GM Neal Huntington just talked with reporters at the Winter Meetings.
-P- It sounds like we shouldn't expect any big moves:
"For us, biggest move we were going to make this offseason was catcher."
Huntington said one big need, a catcher, was filled. "We paid for it, but we feel good about what we paid for it."
"We've got guys we like. It's a matter of finding upgrades."
What I take this to mean is that the Bucs, quite sensibly, won't be looking to sign someone like Lannan or Kevin Millwood and then hand that player a rotation job. It certainly wouldn't surprise me to see the Bucs sign a starter or two to a minor-league deal. (This is a distinction a lot of fans, especially really negative fans, never seem to see, as any routine signing of a minor-league free agent is greeted by grousing. If the Pirates pay John Lannan $3 million and hand him a rotation job, that's a problem. If they sign him to a minor-league contract, it's no big deal.)
will platoon at first base, as expected, with Jones also receiving some time in right field. (Although I don't know why the Pirates would bother playing him there with any regularity, unless Clint Robinson makes the team and plays first base against some righties. Jones and Sanchez should be on the field at the same time as little as possible.) Starling Marte and Travis Snider are the first options at corner outfield, as they should be, with Jose Tabata and Alex Presley on the outside looking in.and Gaby Sanchez
-P- Kyle McPherson has "shoulder fatigue," but he should be ready to go in Spring Training.