Pittsburgh Pirates: Backup Catcher Options for 2022

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 31: Robinson Chirinos #29 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after tagging Luis Arraez #2 of the Minnesota Twins out at home plate in the eighth inning at Target Field on August 31, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Cubs defeated the Twins 3-1. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 31: Robinson Chirinos #29 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after tagging Luis Arraez #2 of the Minnesota Twins out at home plate in the eighth inning at Target Field on August 31, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Cubs defeated the Twins 3-1. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /

Potential free agent options

When the work stoppage ends and the roster freeze is lifted, the Pittsburgh Pirates could turn to the free agent market in an effort to find a backup to be paired with Pérez. So, which free agents could be options for the Pirates?

Robinson Chirinos could be a name to watch. Chirinos has been tied to the Pirates in the past, including earlier this offseason. This could lead to the Pirates being interested in pursuing Chirnos, who is coming off a 0.5 FWAR season with a .227/.324/.454 slash line in 45 games plated with the Chicago Cubs, once again.

Veterans Austin Romine and Chance Sisco could be options as well. Both would provide strong defensive catchers for the Pirates, which is what is typically the most important trait for a backup catcher.

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It remains to be seen who the backup catcher will be for the Pirates in 2022. There are variety of ways the team could go about addressing the position, and fans of the team will have to wait and see how things shake out at the position.

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