The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired a first baseman Monday afternoon.
But it’s not one that will likely help the major league team.
Pittsburgh swapped minor leaguers with the Texas Rangers, acquiring Chris McGuiness for reliever Miles Mikolas.
McGuiness, 25, appeared in 10 games for the Rangers last season. He went 6-for-34 (.178 average) with one RBI. He had one extra-base hit, a double.
Last season in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, McGuinness hit 11 home runs in 362 at-bats. He had a .246 average.
It’s been rumored almost all offseason that the Pirates were looking to improve at first base. Two teams the Pirates have reportedly been interested in striking a deal with have been the Mets (Ike Davis) and Rangers (Mitch Moreland).
Hopefully, the Pirates haven’t called off their search.
– Rick Green