Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Players You May Have Forgotten the Team Added

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BRADENTON, FL – FEBRUARY 19: Guillermo Heredia #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a photo during the Pirates’ photo day on February 19, 2020 at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
BRADENTON, FL – FEBRUARY 19: Guillermo Heredia #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a photo during the Pirates’ photo day on February 19, 2020 at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) /

Outfielder Guillermo Heredia

On January 9, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed outfielder Guillermo Heredia. The Pirates signed Heredia after he was non-tendered by the Tampa Bay Rays at the end of the 2019 season. Heredia signed with the Pirates for $1 million, and will remain under team control through the 2022 season.

Heredia has played in 382 MLB games between the Rays and Seattle Mariners. In these 382 games, he has logged 1101 plate appearances. Heredia owns a lifetime .240/.317/.342 slash line with a 84 wRC+. So, it goes without saying that Heredia is not known for his offense.

With the Rays, Heredia was known for being a great clubhouse presence. This is vital in any clubhouse. So, despite his offensive shortcomings, this does raise Heredia’s value to any team, especially a younf team like the Pittsburgh Pirates that needs some clubhouse leadership.

With the Pirates this season, Heredia is projected to be the team’s fourth outfielder. Bryan Reynolds will start in left field, Jarrod Dyson in center field and Gregory Polanco will be in right field. Heredia could see some starts in right field against left-handed pitching if Polanco struggles, but, overall, Heredia will serve primarily as the team’s fourth outfielder in 2020.

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