Feb 13, 2014; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pitchers take batting practice during the Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates still looking to acquire first baseman

Just because Spring Training has started does not mean that teams are finished with the Hot Stove League.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are still looking to add to their club externally, especially at first base. Jayson Stark of ESPN asked Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington what their plans were regarding first base if they couldn’t get someone through free agency or trade.

In the meantime, GM Neal Huntington said Tuesday, the Pirates remain ‘confident in our internal options’ — which would include converted outfielder Andrew Lambo…former Rangers’ prospect Chris McGuinness and nonroster invitee Travis Ishikawa.

Currently, the team is going with Gaby Sanchez, but would love to get a platoon partner for him. The Bucs had been rumored to be major players for free agent Kendrys Morales, but those talks appear to have either cooled or never existed. The Pirates have also been looking at teams that have a surplus of first basemen in order to trade for one. Those teams include the Seattle Mariners and Justin Smoak, the New York Mets and Ike Davis, and the Texas Rangers and Mitch Moreland.

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