Jun 12, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Chris McGuiness (21) bats during the game against the Cleveland Indians at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Cleveland won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Pirates Acquire First Baseman Chris McGuiness From Texas

The Pirates, who had been in contact with the Mets regarding first baseman Ike Davis, have acquired left-handed hitting first baseman Chris McGuiness from the Texas Rangers.

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.

Thoughts:

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.

 

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