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Pirates Winter Meetings Wish List:

Aug 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis (29) hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Winter meetings begin Monday in Orlando. The Pirates enter the meetings with a solid team, but it certainly has some areas that could be improved. Here are some of the things we’d like to see the Pirates try to come back with from central Florida:

1) A first baseman not named Gaby Sanchez. Gaby’s a great platoon player, but that’s about it. Used in the appropriate situations, he’s a helpful piece. He is not, however, a starting major league first baseman. A few names have been kicked around as options the Pirates could explore, and for the right price, almost any of them would be as good if not better than Sanchez. Ike Davis, anyone?

2) Gregory Polanco and Jameson Taillon still in the farm system. Unless the Pirates are offered a deal that involves Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, and David Price all ending up on the roster, these guys need to stay. The blue chippiest of prospects, with years of control ahead of them, the Pirates would be foolish to part ways with them unless another GM gets very drunk at the meetings and makes a serious mistake (is that allowed?).

3) A backup shortstop. I’m all for the Pirates bringing back Clint Barmes on a short (1-2 year) cheap contract to backup Jordy Mercer, but if they’re not interested (which so far seems to be the case) they ought to kick the tires on making such an acquisition during the meetings. Mercer’s a solid player and a good hitter, but the Pirates would be well served to have another option in hand for getaway days and late inning defensive replacements. Also would give the Bucs opportunities to work Mercer in at second (where he belongs) on days when Neil Walker needs a rest.

4) A time machine that allows us to jump forward to spring training. The offseason can only be good for so long. The Steelers are terrible, the NCAA is no fun to watch, and the Penguins haven’t gotten into the real meat of their season yet. Come quickly, Bradenton 2014.

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  • Andrew Scott

    It’s nice that the Pirates only have a handful of gaps to fill this offseason instead of… one giant roster that needs renovating.

    • Campbell Sproul

      Isn’t it though? Say what you will about the 2 decades of losing, Huntington had a plan when he came in and has stuck with it. It’s working.

    • Andrew Scott

      The best part is that now the organization has grown to the point that we’re seeing those positions filled internally with players like Marte, Polanco, Walker, Alvarez, Mercer, Cole, Taillon… and now the organization can be more judicious about the supplemental pieces they acquire like Russell Martin, who they probably paid a bit over market value for, but acquired as a piece they needed to be competitive.

    • Greg Smith

      Yes, but when you nail it like you did with Russell Martin, a little overpayment is no biggie.

  • Guest

    The best part is now the organization is to the point where we’re seeing those positions filled internally with players like Marte, Polanco, Walker, Alvarez, Mercer, Cole, Taillon… and now the organization can be more judicious about the supplemental pieces they acquire like Russell Martin, who they probably paid a bit over market value for, but acquired as a piece they needed to be competitive.