With the Boston Red Sox in the market for a left-handed
option at first base and in the outfield, Tom Singer of MLB.com wonders if the
club would be interested in Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Garrett Jones.
With #RedSox still shopping for a lefty-hitting 1B-OF -- ring any bells? -- you have to wonder if #Pirates will make another run at Iglesias
— Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) January 20, 2013
Jones put together a solid 2012 campaign for the Pirates,
hitting .274/.317/.516 with 28 doubles, three triples and 27 home runs over 475
at-bats for the club. The 31-year-old owns a career line of .259/.321/.466 over
five seasons at the major league level.
Perhaps more importantly for the Red Sox, Jones has a career
split of .279/.348/.504 against right-handed pitchers. Boston is said to be
seeking a potential left-handed bat that can play first base and the corner
outfield positions to help spell Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes. Both Napoli and Gomes
have superior numbers versus left-handers.
Singer adds that if the Pirates were to begin discussions
with Boston regarding Jones, they could target shortstop prospect Jose
Iglesias. This would likely only be a starting point in discussions.
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