Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Potential Outfield Free Agent Targets

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Outfielder – Mark Canha

Another outfield free agent the Pittsburgh Pirates should consider signing is Mark Canha. Just like Soler, Canha can bring some power to the lineup. In the past four seasons Canha has hit 65 home runs which includes the shorten year in 2020.

In 2021, Canha had 519 at-bats with 120 hits on the year. He had 22 doubles, 4 triples, and 17 home runs with the Oakland Athletics. He did however strikeout a lot. He had 128 strikeouts to only 77 walks. This gave him a 12.1% walk and a 20.5% strikeout rate.

Canha slashed .231/.368/.387 with an OPS of .746. He finished the regular season with a 2.6 WAR, which again is a lot better than what the Pirates have been throwing out on the field. He had an impressive 115 wRC+ as well. I do think this would be a great signing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Canha had a contract of close to $7 million for 2021 and there is no reason the Pirates couldn’t get a deal close to that done. By signing a guy like Mark Canha, I believe that would show the fans they are trying to win and improve for 2022. Time will tell if Ben Cherington and company plan on signing any notable free agents for next season.