PIRATES EYE FIRST BASE OPTIONS, LIND ON RADAR
The Pittsburgh Pirates hope to leave the Winter Meetings with traction on adding a starting pitcher and a left handed hitting first baseman. Scared off by James Loney’s asking price for now, the Pirates efforts for a first baseman is on the trade route.
Two latest targets to emerge are Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison and Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind, via Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
Morrison, 26, has batted just .236/.321/.387 over his past two seasons. He had 6 home runs and 36 RBIs in 2013. Lind, 30, is the more attractive player, batting .288/.357/.497 with 23 home runs and 67 RBIs last season. Lind hit a career high 35 home runs in 2009 and has collected 23 homers or more in four of his last five seasons. Lind made $5.150 million in 2013.
The Pirates have also been linked to Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland. Moreland hit .232/.299/.437 with 23 home runs and 60 RBIs in 2013.