Pittsburgh Pirates: 2 Positions that Need to be Upgraded for 2023

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The most important position that the team needs to look to fill is first base.  First base has been a glaring hole for the Pittsburgh Pirates, for more than a few years.  Signing a first baseman is a must for this team.

Who is in the pipeline?  As of right now, their two closest to big-league options would be Mason Martin and Malcom Nunez.  Martin has always been considered a potential power bat, but he also posted a sub .700 OPS.

Nunez, who performed much better than that in his 2022 season, was acquired by the Bucs this past August. The team received him along with pitcher Johan Oviedo in exchange for Jose Quintana and Chris Stratton. Nunez hit 23 home runs in 2022 along with a .830 OPS.  Still, the Bucs likely want to get him more seasoning in their Organization.

The free agent market is not very deep but has proven upgrades.  The biggest names are Jose Abreu and Brandon Belt.  The left-handed swing of Belt would be great, but he likely will stay put in San Francisco or go to a contender.  Abreu on the other hand definitely will be a free agent.  The 35-year-old is obviously aging, but adding a veteran with his experience could be huge for some of the prospects on the team. Not to mention he still is a very good player hitting .304 with a .828 OPS.  His age could keep him in the Pittsburgh Pirates price range.

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