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The Pirates may soon have a new option in right field, as FOXSports.com reported on Monday that the club is “closing in” on acquiring free-agent outfielder Ryan Church.
The Web site, citing multiple Major League sources, added that it’s possible a deal could be announced within the next few days, but one source said “steps in the process are still remaining.”
Church batted .273 with four homers and 40 RBIs in 359 at-bats over 111 games with the Mets and Braves in 2009. Swapped for Jeff Francoeur on July 10, Church hit .260 in his final 44 games of the season in Atlanta, then the Braves non-tendered him in December.
The Pirates have Andrew McCutchen entrenched in center field, and in-season acquisition Lastings Milledge played mostly left field down the stretch. Church would likely get the majority of his at-bats as a right fielder, where Brandon Moss and Garrett Jones also get playing time.
The 31-year-old left-handed hitter has spent significant time in all three outfield positions but has seen the most action (210 of his 481 games as an outfielder) in right field. For his six-year career—the first four of which were spent with the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals—Church has hit .272 with 51 homers .
Posted: January 11, 2010 at 02:46 PM | 61 comment(s)
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