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Pirates acquire Chris McGuiness from Rangers

Dec 30, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

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Pittsburgh picked up first baseman Chris McGuiness from Texas in exchange for Triple-A reliever Miles Mikolas.

Gaby Sanchez is around as the Pirates’ right-handed-hitting fallback option at first base in case they fail to land one of their primary targets and now they’ve acquired a left-handed-hitting first baseman in McGuiness to potentially platoon with him.

McGuiness hit just .246 with 11 homers and a .792 OPS in 104 games at Triple-A last season and also got into 10 games for the Rangers in his MLB debut at age 25. He has good on-base skills thanks to plenty of walks, but McGuiness is a career .257 hitter in the minors and lacks ideal power for the position.

  1. markofapro - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    And Gonzalez, Tex, and Davis enjoy a big laugh.

    • Marc - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Umm, this would be funny I suppose if Texas was the team that had a hole at 1B …….. But in other news: Mark Teixeira strained both his obliques today while laughing at bad jokes.

  2. steelers88 - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Who dat?

  3. nysportsrule - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Well this is going to make it more difficult for the mets to move Davis.

  4. musketmaniac - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    the pirates obviously feel that the talent they how , is good enough for them to continue until their younger players are ready. thats fine with pitching and the outfield. but I don’t see any options in aa or aaa for the infield, especially at firstbase.

  5. markofapro - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    You’re funny, Marc but your joke is like blowing Smoak up someone’s butt.

  6. thepittsburghkid - Dec 31, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    They are bringing in guys who can play the position, if nobody proves they are major league ready in spring training, they make a major move at first.

  7. eddiek77 - Jan 3, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Jeez, where can I get my World Series tickets?

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