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Posted: 07/09/2014 3:44 PM

Why is it that... 


the Bucs don't move Pedro to 1st so Harrison & all the outfielders can play every day?  Sanchez & Davis are not exactly tearing it up.  Harrison has proven himself worthy of being an everyday player.  Alvarez is a good athlete who should be able to master playing 1st, & he's not exactly Brooks Robinson @ 3rd.
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Posted: 07/09/2014 4:00 PM

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Because Pedro won't do it, and Scott Boras would raise hell about it. Third basemen are far more valuable as free agents than are first basemen. A power hitting third baseman allows for a second power hitter on the infield (an older, less mobile) first baseman.

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Posted: 07/09/2014 5:37 PM

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Or, move Walker to first and insert Harrison at second - which may be his best position.....
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Posted: 07/09/2014 5:40 PM

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Harrison is becoming Harrison again and Alvarez has never played first in his life. As much as I and others believe that a 55 gallon drum can play 1b, there is skill and repetition associated with a move like that. Especially for a guy that IMO has not shown to be the strongest player on the mental side of the game. Now is not the time to make a move like that.
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Posted: 07/10/2014 4:47 AM

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Yeah I have a hard time believing a move like that is possible mid season unless the player has been working on it previously at some point.
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Posted: 07/10/2014 5:34 AM

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Heck, Harrison has played everywhere else... just put him at 1B.
#fringeprospect
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Posted: 07/10/2014 5:57 AM

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I think the Pirates should go after Mike Napoli.  They have a good relationship, it seems, with the Red Sox.  Napoli has this year and next year left on his deal, both years at $16M.  If the Pirates traded for him on the 24th (for example), they'd be on the hook to pay him $22M over the next 1+ seasons.  The Pirates are in position to not have to worry about payroll at this point in time.  Obviously the guy has been declining over the years, but he still has been at least an over .800 OPS guys each year, and we'd only need him for 1 more year after this one.  I can't imagine that the Pirates would have to give up a lot to get him considering the Pirates wouldn't need the Sox to pick up any of the remaining contract.

Because Napoli is a .800 OPS guy against both RH and LH pitching, there would be no need to keep either Gaby or Davis next year.  Those 2 guys would probably have cost the Pirates between $8-10M next year.  So by getting rid of them two, that makes up for about $9M of Napoli's $16M.  They'd really only be spending $7M more than last year in that respect.

Glancing over the rest of the league, I really don't see another 1B option that could help.  Sure, Abreau from Chicago or Goldschmidt from AZ would be better options, but odds are that they aren't really available.  Katoy and CFerrel are usually up to speed on cost of trade acquisitions.  They'd definitely have a better grip on the cost.  My guess is that it would cost 2 decent prospects.  I don't know, a combination of Lambo and Ramirez?
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Posted: 07/10/2014 6:44 AM

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Napoli would be an interesting pick up. He is also a veteran with post season experience.
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Posted: 07/10/2014 7:08 AM

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If they would play Sanchez more I think 1B would be taken care of. He really has no chance to settle in since Davis is virtually the starter. I think NH and Hurdle are in love with Davis and NH wants his trade to look really good to the detriment of the team. Sanchez doesn't get to play very much and in spring training and the first part of the year he looked like the Sanchez of old when he was very good but if you don't play you can't get a run going.
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Posted: 07/10/2014 7:24 AM

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Sanchez sucks against RHP.

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If they would play Sanchez more I think 1B would be taken care of. He really has no chance to settle in since Davis is virtually the starter. I think NH and Hurdle are in love with Davis and NH wants his trade to look really good to the detriment of the team. Sanchez doesn't get to play very much and in spring training and the first part of the year he looked like the Sanchez of old when he was very good but if you don't play you can't get a run going.

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Posted: 07/10/2014 7:41 AM

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If Gaby could regain "old Gaby" form, he'd have a .742 OPS vs. RHP. Davis currently has a .768 OPS vs. RHP. Davis sucks, Gaby is likely worse. Though he'd be a defensive upgrade. Assuming he could regain his production from those 2 seasons in Fla.

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If they would play Sanchez more I think 1B would be taken care of. He really has no chance to settle in since Davis is virtually the starter. I think NH and Hurdle are in love with Davis and NH wants his trade to look really good to the detriment of the team. Sanchez doesn't get to play very much and in spring training and the first part of the year he looked like the Sanchez of old when he was very good but if you don't play you can't get a run going.

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