How are these former Pirates players doing with their new teams in 2024?

The Pirates might not regret letting these guys go.
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The 2024 season looked to be a building season for the Pirates. They were likely behind the surging Cincinnati Reds team, as well as a high-powered Chicago Cubs team that added a lot to its team this year. They also had to compete with the veteran group in St. Louis, but seemed to be on the verge of potentially toppling the Brewers, who looked like they were finally tearing things down by dealing Corbin Burnes. Welp!

As the year started, the Pirates look like a pretty talented team, one that could legitimately challenge for a division title. The way their pitching has carried them, even with lackluster offensive performances, shows that they are just a few offensive pieces away from a legit threat in the playoffs. You get to the playoffs with a one through three of Jones, Keller and Skenes, and anything can happen.

This offseason, the Pirates made a few moves to add some depth to the outfield and rotation, but did so in true Pirates fashion. They let some players go, but while the additions that they made were solid, they qualify as maybe not enough quite yet. Today we look at members of the 2023 team that have moved on to other squads. Do the Pirates regret letting them leave? How are they performing with their new team? Let's take a look.

Pirates players who've moved onto new teams in 2024: Do we regret losing them?

Austin Hedges, Cleveland Guardians

Hedges was brought in prior to the 2023 season to add a veteran presence to the Pirates catcher group. He struggled offensively, but led a young and talented pitching staff before being dealt to the Texas Rangers when they temporarily lost Jonah Heim on their way to a World Series Championship.

He signed back with the Cleveland Guardians on a one-year deal worth $4 million. He is a solid backup defensively, but he is what he is at this point offensively. Backing up Bo Naylor, he has only played in 14 games, slashing .128/.125/.231 with just one home run. The Pirates catcher group hasn't been great, but the duo of Grandal and Bart is a lot more serviceable than Hedges.