Pittsburgh Pirates Needs Now That Lockout is Over

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Aug 11, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington (left) talks with manager Derek Shelton (right) during batting practice before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

MLB’s lockout has ended and Opening Day is now just 27 days away. What do the Pittsburgh Pirates still need to do before the regular season begins?

Thankfully, our long, national nightmare finally came to an end on Thursday. With MLB and the MLBPA agreeing to terms for a new CBA, baseball’s lockout ended after 99 long, ugly days. With this the Pittsburgh Pirates and the rest of MLB are now set for Opening Day on April 7th.

With Opening Day now less than a month away players can begin to report to their spring training sites and, unless they are working through visa issues, must be in camp by this Sunday, March 13th. This will lead to the Pittsburgh Pirates and the rest of baseball scrambling to finish making roster moves as quickly as they can.

What moves are left for the Pittsburgh Pirates to make? Even ahead of a season where they are not looking to contend there are still some roster holes that need to be filled. Ben Cherington even stated shortly after the lockout began that the Pirates would still be looking to add players at certain positions before the season begins. It could be a busy few days/weeks for the Bucs.