What will the Pittsburgh Pirates do in free agency?
We have hit on the free agency aspect somewhat. This offseason, free agency will be different than any that has come before it. This is due to team’s revenue being way down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will drive free agency price tags down and could make the Pirates more of a player than one may expect.
This is not say that fans should expect the Pirates to be big spenders in free agency. That will likely never happen and it most certainly will not happen going into year two of the multi-year rebuild that Cherington is currently embarking on.
That said, there could be moves to be made by the Pittsburgh Pirates in free agency.
We have mentioned their possible pursuit of outfield help. The team could also look for bullpen and starting pitching help in free agency. Middle infield help and a right-handed hitting first baseman could be on the wishlist as well.
With free agent price tags likely to be down, could the Pirates pursue someone like a Taijuan Walker on a 2-3 year deal for the starting rotation? It’s possible. They may also just look to add one-year bounce back candidates, such as Chase Anderson, who could then be flipped at the trade deadline in July. Regardless of how they do it, either via free agency or a trade, it would be a surprise if the Pirates do not add any starting pitching help this offseason.