Getting to know the newest members of the Pittsburgh Pirates

What numbers will the new additions to the Pirate 40-man roster wear?

Sep 22, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Kansas City Royals designated hitter Edward Olivares (14) runs to
Sep 22, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Kansas City Royals designated hitter Edward Olivares (14) runs to / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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New left-handed pitchers to the organization, new numbers

This offseason, the Pirates made multiple additions to the 40-man roster with players from outside the organization. On December 5th, the Pirates acquired left-handed starting pitcher Marco Gonzales from the Atlanta Braves. This came just two days after the Seattle Mariners traded Gonzales to the Braves.

Gonzales is coming off a injury riddled season that limited him to just 10 starts. Gonzales struggled to a 5.22 ERA and a 4.28 FIP in these 10 starts. The veteran lefty will wear number 27 for the Pirates this season.

In addition to Gonzales, the Pirates also added left-handed starting pitcher Martín Pérez. The veteran lefty signed a 1-year deal worth $8 million, as he looks to bounce back from posting a 4.45 ERA and a 4.99 FIP in 35 appearances with the Texas Rangers last season, a season that saw Pérez lose his spot in the Ranger starting rotation. The veteran lefty will wear number 54 with the Bucs this season.

It should be noted that with Pérez taking number 54 outfielder Joshua Palacios is switching to number 77.

On January 31st, the Pirate signed left-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman to a 1-year, $10.5 million deal for 2024. The long time Pirate foe will now look lockdown games with David Bednar at the backend of the Pirate bullpen this season while wearing number 45.

The final of four left-handed pitchers added to the Pirate 40-man roster this offseason was Josh Fleming. The same day pitchers and catchers reported to Bradenton (February 14th) the team made the signing of Fleming official.

Fleming worked as a reliever and an opener for the Tampa Bay Rays last season. He will likely play a similar role with the Pirates this season. HE posted a 4.70 ERA and a 5.66 FIP in 51.2 innings pitched last season. Fleming will wear number 28 with the Pirates.