3.) A big power hitter
While I don’t think Chris Davis will end up signing with a National League team, the Pirates need to come after him hard. Pedro Alvarez is not the answer at first base. The Pirates have their everyday starter at every other spot on the field, but not at first. Alvarez is a terrible fielder, and a low-average hitter. His power is not so great as to justify either of these things.
At 30, Davis will most likely be looking for a six-year deal north of $120 MM. The Pirates have not made this type of commitment in the past, but they must consider doing so with Davis. He is a good enough athlete that in four or five years, his first base play will still be at least league average.
The Pirates lineup is mostly “death by a thousand tiny cuts.” Andrew McCutchen is their star, but he’s a 25-30 home run threat. Beyond Cutch, the Pirates batters fall into the 15-20 homer category. A big bopper in the heart of the order would take pressure off McCutchen and could help boost young guns Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte in the power department. Davis is a long shot for the Pirates, but they must put him in their offseason plan.