Depth, Lots Of It
Adding depth to the roster needs to be another priority for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Aside from the middle infield, the Pirates lack a decent amount of outfield depth and pitching depth that is MLB ready.
Last off-season, the Pirates signed seven minor league deals. Mostly, they were position players, and the only two pitchers they signed were Derek Holland and Robbie Erlin. Now granted, you shouldn’t expect them to make any big deals when it comes to free agency this winter. But right now, the Pirates need to be looking for cheap veterans they can sign to minor league deals that have some potential upside.
Guys like Brock Holt, Billy Hamilton, Jake Lamb, Steven Souza Jr., Joe Panik, or Adeiny Hechavarria would be good low cost utility men that may or may not turn into something notable. On the pitching side of things, Jeff Samardzjia, Tommy Milone, Alex Wood, Chris Devenski, Jared Hughes, Luis Avalian, Ross Detwiler, and Andrew Chafin might also turn into solid minor league signings.
Aside from making a handful of minor legue deal signings, this team needs a durable starting pitcher. They need an innings eater, and signing someone like Mike Minor or Julio Teheran on a cheap, one year ‘rebuild your value’ kind of deal would be great.