McGuiness, who turns 26 in April and was DFA’d by the Rangers, was a career minor leaguer until making his big league debut last season.
In 34 at bats with Texas (a tiny sample size), McGuiness had a triple slash of .176/.176/.206, and struck out an alarming 38.2 percent of the time.
McGuiness has had some decent seasons in the minors, but nothing about him screams that he can be a reliable major league contributor in any role.
If the Pirates are comfortable with McGuiness as their left-handed hitting first baseman, it takes them out of the equation for Davis.
The Mets had reportedly asked Pittsburgh for starting pitcher Nick Kingham in exchange for Davis, which the Pirates balked at.
If Pittsburgh is out on Ike, it likely leaves the Brewers and Orioles as the remaining suitors.