Why Pirates should sign Morales

The free agent is a good fit as a first baseman who can hit righties

Updated: January 20, 2014, 12:40 PM ET
By Paul Swydan | ESPN Insider

Even with the extra wild-card team additions a couple of years ago, making a return trip to the postseason isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world to do. Half the teams that made the playoffs in 2012 didn't get there in 2013, and a similar scenario is likely to occur this season. The Pittsburgh Pirates are a strong team with a bright future, but if they want to avoid being one of the teams on the outside looking in, they need to upgrade at two spots -- first base and starting pitcher.

There are myriad options for the latter, particularly A.J. Burnett, whom the team is still waiting on to decide whether he will come back to the Steel City or retire. But for the former, there is really one desirable option: Kendrys Morales.