Pittsburgh Pirates: Teams That Could Be Interested In Steven Brault
By Noah Wright
While the Nationals, Phillies, Twins, and Astros are definitely going to be in the market for a starting pitcher, they aren’t going to be the only ones. However, I do think they might be the most interested in Brault. Still, I think these teams could at least gauge the Pittsburgh Pirates about the lefty.
The Marlins made history recently by hiring Kim Ng, the first female and Asian American general manager in Major League Baseball history. She has been given an organization that has a lot of talent, especially in their starting pitching staff. Sixto Sanchez, Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez, Elieser Hernandez are all 25-years-old or younger. Brault would make a nice change-of-pace given all their right handers and also gives a different approach. While they might look into a back-end starter like Brault, I do feel they might go a more temporary route. They have a few top pitching prospects we might see in a few years so pursuing a free agent veteran on a one or two year deal to round out the last spot might be the route they go.
San Diego Padres
The Padres just took a big hit to their rotation with Mike Clevinger having to undergo Tommy John. This still leaves them a strong starting rotation with Dinelson Lamet, Chris Paddack and Zach Davies. Don’t forget they have Mackenzie Gore and Luis Pantino, two players who are considered consensus top 10 prospects in all of baseball. Given that they have Gore, Pantino, Paddack and Lamet, they, like the Marlins, might look for some backend options, but this isn’t a necessity for them. They still have a handful of other starting options ranging from Davies to Joey Lucchesi, Adrian Morejon and Ryan Weathers. But that may not stop them from giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a call.
San Francisco Giants
Out of our honorable mentions, I think the Giants could be the most interested in Brault. They were able to get Kevin Gausman back with their qualifying offer, but lost Drew Smyly to the Braves. Brault would help stabilize their rotation with Tyler Anderson and Logan Webb coming off sub-par seasons. Though Brault is controllable for three seasons, he isn’t a need for the Giants. They aren’t necessarily in contention, as many of their top prospects won’t be up for another two years at least, and with a lot of money coming off the books soon, they may just want to save up to go big in free agency next off season. Still, considering Brault’s control, affordability and the Giants need for a starter, they shouldn’t be ruled out.
Los Angeles Angels
Now, yes, the Angels could use another starter. But they need a starter who’s going to make more of an impact than Brault. Sure they made a move for Dylan Bundy who originally didn’t look like he was going to make as much of an impact as he did, but they need someone who’s going to be more of a safe bet. They’ll take a look at almost every starting pitcher available, that includes Brault, but out of any of the Pittsburgh Pirates, I think Musgrove is more likely to go out West to the Halos rather than Brault.