Pittsburgh Pirates: First Base Addressed, Now What?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates seem to be trying to improve their lineup for the 2023 season.  What position should they upgrade next?

Entering the 2022-2023 offseason, fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates were hoping that the team would address the first base position. It was the weakest spot in the lineup for the team and has been for a while now.  The Bucs actually ranked 30th overall for WAR at the first base position.

Well, the Pittsburgh Pirates Front Office has been aggressive in improving the lineup so far this offseason.  Ben Cherington has already swung a couple of deals to improve the first base position.  First, he acquired Ji-Man Choi from the Rays.  Next, Cherington claimed Lewin Diaz from the Marlins.  Then of course the latest move was signing veteran Carlos Santana.

So first base has clearly been addressed.  What position do the Pittsburgh Pirates need to improve next?  One could argue that the team should be looking to upgrade their bullpen, as that was a big area of weakness in 2022.  Of course, the starting rotation could always use help along with the right field position.

However, the biggest need currently is the catching position.  The Pittsburgh Pirates do not have a single catcher on their 40-man roster currently from the 2022 season.  The only two catchers on the 40-man are top prospect Endy Rodriguez and waiver claim Ali Sánchez.