The Pittsburgh Pirates have a very young pitching staff. The team could look to add a veteran starting pitcher this off-season.
It is officially hot stove season, which means deals are going to start getting done! The Pittsburgh Pirates have been very active already this offseason. However, most of their moves have been filling holes in the lineup. The team definitely is in need of starting pitching.
It has been assumed that the Pittsburgh Pirates would be targeting a veteran starting pitcher to add this offseason. So it should come as no surprise that there is already a rumor connecting the Bucs to that type of pitcher. According to Rob Biertempfel of the Athletic, the Pittsburgh Pirates not only have interest in the said starter but actually have met with him already:
Kyle Gibson would be an interesting pickup and one that may be worthwhile for a team in the Pittsburgh Pirates position. First and foremost, Gibson is a veteran pitcher. He has pitched in Major League Baseball across the last 10 seasons. He also is coming off a down year, pitching to an ERA over 5.
The Phillies acquired Gibson prior to the 2021 Trade Deadline. He was having an excellent year with the Rangers, owning a 2.87 ERA across 19 starts. Things just never seemed to work for Gibson in Philly. Now the Bucs have a chance to buy low on him and see if they can get him to regain some of that solid form.
The offseason is young and so there is plenty of time for more rumors to come. They are rumors until they become a reality. At the very least this shows the Bucs are definitely in the veteran starting pitching market. Will it be Gibson, someone else, or multiple starters? We shall see, be sure to give Biertempfel a follow on Twitter for more updates on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Also, be sure to check back for potential updates on this free-agent rumor.