One realistic remaining free agent at each position for the Pirates to pursue

The free agent market still has some realistic remaining options for the Pirates to pursue.
Wild Card Series - Toronto Blue Jays v Minnesota Twins - Game One
Wild Card Series - Toronto Blue Jays v Minnesota Twins - Game One / Brace Hemmelgarn/GettyImages
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Catcher - Manny Pina

Manny Pina has missed most of the last two years. He’s appeared in just nine contests since the outset of the 2022 season. However, from 2017 through 2021, Pina was a very solid backstop for the division rival Milwaukee Brewers. During that six-season stretch, Pina turned in a .245/.316/.416 triple-slash, .313 wOBA, and 92 wRC+. He regularly provided the Brew Crew average power with a .171 isolated slugging percentage in this span.

But Pina’s defense was his calling card during his time in Milwaukee. He racked up +38 defensive runs saved and +10.4 framing runs during his time catching Brewers’ pitchers. He also only allowed a dozen passed balls in 2407.2 innings. The last time Pina caught regularly was in 2021 when he registered an above average 1.94 second pop time with his throws averaging 81.2 MPH.

Even though Pina was solid at one point, that was two seasons ago at this point. He’d have to settle for a minor league contract at this point. But I doubt the Pirates would sign Pina at this point unless there was an injury. There’s already a back-log at catcher with four on the 40-man roster. While Pina likely would take up a 40-man spot, the Pirates have larger needs than stashing a fifth catcher at Triple-A.