February 20th, 2024, spring training notebook: Chase Anderson arrives in Bradenton & more

It was a slow first Monday of full team workouts in Bradenton as the Pittsburgh Pirates prepare for their first spring training game this Saturday

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THOUGHTS AND NOTES FROM BRADENTON

Recent signing Chase Anderson met with the media on Monday for the first time since becoming a Pirate. Anderson noted that he feels like Pittsburgh gives him the best chance to compete and grab a roster spot. He also noted that the hard-working, blue collar nature of Pittsburgh also appealed to him while referring back to his time in Milwaukee as well as growing up in a small town in Texas.

The Pirates are just a few days away from their first game of spring training and many are still worried about the Pirate rotation especially the bottom of the rotation including Rum Bunter's own Kody Duncan.

The Pirates' top three in the rotation barring injury is set in stone as it will be some order of Mitch Keller, Martin Perez, and Marco Gonzales. But the no. 4 and no. 5 spots in the rotation remain a big question mark with Luis Ortiz, Bailey Falter, Roansy Contreras, and Quinn Priester among the potential options to fill out the rotation.

Potential options that remain on the market include Michael Lorenzen, Johnny Cueto, Brad Keller, and Hyun-Jin Ryu among others.