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With 41 home runs and 102 RBIs, pending free agent Chris Davis is viewed in MLB circles as ‘homering his way’ out of Baltimore.

The Pirates looked into Davis last month and are already being mentioned as a team likely to pursue Davis this winter.

The Pirates plan to move on from Pedro Alvarez in the off-season and seek to solidify the first base position.

While Davis is believed to intrigue the Pirates, with top hitting prospect Josh Bell on track to reach the Majors by middle of next season, it’s unlikely the Pirates dip their toes into the Davis sweepstakes this winter.

Pittsburgh is more likely to go the stop-gap route with a Mike Napoli type or find a way to talk Neil Walker into a move to first base, an unlikely scenario.

Davis, 29, is making $12 million in 2015.


The Pirates coming off a 7-3 win last night vs the Reds, will go with Aramis Ramirez at first base for the second straight night. Ramirez was 0-4 Tuesday night.

Pedro Alvarez sits for the second straight game with the Pirates facing a righty.


1. Gregory Polanco, RF

2. Starling Marte, LF

3. Andrew McCutchen, CF

4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B

5. Jung Ho Kang, 3B

6. Neil Walker, 2B

7. Francisco Cervelli, C

8. Jordy Mercer, SS

9. J.A. Happ, P

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