Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mcguiness Wants Shot to Write His Mlb Book of Records

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mcguiness Wants Shot to Write His Mlb Book of Records

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- For fans, the Rule 5 draft represents little more than the conclusion of the Winter Meetings. The most interest generated by recent Rule 5 drafts came in December, when the Texas Rangers drafted second baseman Russell Wilson out of the Colorado Rockies organization. Wilson went on to win the Super Bowl as the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.

For the player, though, the draft means a lot, as recent Pirates acquisition Chris McGuiness can attest. McGuiness, who joined the Pirates in a trade this winter, has seen his share of roster moves, including a December 2012 selection in the Rule 5 draft by the Cleveland Indians.

"A lot of pressure," McGuiness said of the experience. "You got to go and make a 25-man club. I went over there in a good situation, thinking I had a chance, and then they signed three or four proven guys and kind of put me in a tough spot. I didn't have that good of a spring."

The left-handed hitting McGuiness joins Jaff Decker, Edinson Volquez and Chris Stewart as newcomers to the Pirates' 40-man roster this offseason. He is the only new addition to the pool of infielders, save for shortstop Alen Hanson, a minor leaguer the Pirates protected from the Rule 5draft this winter.

McGuiness has spent all but 14 of his 428 games in the minors as a first baseman and faces the difficult prospect of making a roster that already figures to include Gaby Sanchez and Andrew Lambo, but he is excited about the opportunity.

"When I got traded, I talked with [general manager] Neal [Huntington], and I talked with [manager] Clint [Hurdle] since spring training started," McGuiness said. "Regardless of what anybody tells you, you still got to go out and perform. Whether they tell you, you got a job or you don't, if you don't perform in spring training, you're not going to be where you want to be."

McGuiness, who came to the Pirates from the Texas Rangers in exchange for right-handed reliever Miles Mikolas, began his pro career in the Boston Red Sox organization. The Red Sox sent him to Texas in exchange for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. McGuiness joined the Indians briefly after the Rule 5 draft but returned to the Rangers before the season started. …

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