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Chris McGuiness | First Baseman

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/11/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Pirates sent 1B Chris McGuiness outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.
He'll remain in the organization after being designated for assignment. McGuiness hit an underwhelming .264/.358/.412 at Indianapolis this season. Sep 7 - 3:15 PM

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Pirates designated 1B Chris McGuiness for assignment.

McGuiness drew rave reviews in spring training, but he went on to post an underwhelming .264/.358/.412 slash line with only nine home runs in 126 games this season at Triple-A Indianapolis. He turns 27 years old next April.
Sep 1 - 12:33 PM

Pirates optioned 1B Chris McGuiness, RHP Phil Irwin and 3B Brent Morel to Triple-A Indianapolis; reassigned RHPs Jake Brigham, Cody Eppley and Josh Kinney, LHP Yao-Hsun Yang and INF Chase d'Arnaud to minor league camp.

The Pirates talked up McGuinness early on in camp, but he wound up batting just .240/.296/.320 with no homers during Grapefruit League play. With Andrew Lambo also struggling at first base, any talk of Gaby Sanchez possibly platooning should now go out the window.
Mar 21 - 2:00 PM

Tom Singer of MLB.com writes that "the Pirates' early impression of Chris McGuiness is far too good for them to make a quick move for anyone else."

The potential "move" Singer is referring to is related to a report Sunday from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that the Pirates are scouting Red Sox outfielder/first baseman Mike Carp. Andrew Lambo has also reportedly looked good in his work at first base. Carp actually hit a two-run homer versus the Pirates Monday, but perhaps the Pirates will stay in-house as they seek a platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez at first.
Mar 3 - 9:25 PM

Pirates acquired 1B Chris McGuiness from the Rangers for RHP Miles Mikolas.

McGuiness was designated for assignment by Texas last week to open up a 40-man roster spot for new outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. The 25-year-old hit fairly well at Triple-A in 2013 and could see action at first base next season in Pittsburgh. It has been a position of need all winter for the Bucs, who currently project to start Gaby Sanchez there with Travis Ishikawa and Andrew Lambo backing him up.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 02:11:00 PM

Rangers designated 1B Chris McGuiness for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Shin-Soo Choo on the 40-man roster. McGuiness, 25, appeared in 10 games with the Rangers this past season and hit .246/.369/.423 with 11 home runs and 63 RBI over 104 games in Triple-A.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 04:03:00 PM

Rangers optioned 1B Chris McGuiness to Triple-A Round Rock.

McGuiness had six hits and 13 strikeouts in 34 plate appearances with the Rangers for a .176/.176/.206 batting line. He may get another shot later this summer.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 04:29:00 PM

Rangers manager Ron Washington said Chris McGuiness will see the majority of the playing time at first base while Mitch Moreland (hamstring) is on the disabled list.

"McGuiness is going to get the majority of the time, the same time Moreland was getting," Washington said. "I'll pick and choose with him on lefties." The left-handed swinging McGuiness will start against righties, while Jeff Baker and possibly Lance Berkman figure to spell him against southpaws. The 25-year-old is worth adding in AL-only leagues.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 06:20:00 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of 1B Chris McGuiness from Triple-A Round Rock.

McGuiness was taken by the Indians in last December's Rule 5 Draft but failed to crack Cleveland's Opening Day roster this spring and was returned to the Rangers in late March. The 25-year-old should see semi-regular playing time at first base while Mitch Moreland (hamstring) is sidelined. McGuiness was batting .275/.382/.477 with six homers and 34 RBI in 55 games at the Triple-A level.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 03:00:00 PM

Rule 5 Draft pick Chris McGuiness has been returned to the Rangers.

The Indians will keep $25,000 -- or half of the $50,000 it took to draft him in December. McGuiness, 24, batted .268/.366/.474 with 23 homers at the Double-A level last season. The Rangers are surely glad to have him back.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 05:35:00 PM

MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports that Rule 5 pick Chris McGuiness will not make the Indians' Opening Day roster, but the club would like to work out a trade with the Rangers in order to keep him.

McGuiness is batting just .195/.267/.244 for the Tribe this spring, but obviously they see something they like in the 24-year-old. He batted .268/.366/.474 with 23 homers at the Double-A level last season.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 06:09:00 PM

Chris McGuiness will get some work in the outfield this spring due to the Indians' depth at first base.

The 24-year-old was a Rule 5 pick in December after hitting .268/.366/.474 for the Rangers' Double-A affiliate in 2012. McGuiness has a chance to make the Indians' Opening Day roster as a bench bat, and increasing his versatility will only help that cause.
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 08:23:00 PM

Indians selected 1B Chris McGuiness from the Rangers with the fifth pick in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

McGuiness batted .268/.366/.474 with 23 home runs and 77 RBI in 123 games this summer for Double-A Frisco. The 24-year-old could be a bench bat in Cleveland.
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 10:20:00 AM

Chris McGuiness was named as the Arizona Fall League's 2012 MVP on Saturday after hitting .288 with four homers and a league-high 27 RBI.

The Rangers first base prospect, acquired in the 2010 deal for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, also played exceptional defense throughout the fall league schedule. The 24-year-old McGuiness hit .268/.366/.474 with 23 homers and 77 RBI for Double-A Frisco in 2012.
Sat, Nov 17, 2012 04:27:00 PM

Rangers acquired 1B Chris McGuinness, RHP Roman Mendez, a player to be named later and cash from the Red Sox for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

This trade appeared to be more of Texas losing faith in Saltalamacchia than getting knocked over by an offer. McGuiness, 22, hit .298 with 12 homers and 46 RBI in 282 at-bats for Class-A Greenville. He was a 13th-round pick in the 2009 draft.
Sat, Jul 31, 2010 05:11:00 PM

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