Pirates Non-Roster Invitees who could make the Opening Day bullpen

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Other non-roster invitee options for the bullpen

While there are other non-roster invitees like Josh Fleming, Chase Anderson, Ryder Ryan, Michael Plassmeyer, and Connor Sadzeck that could make the Opening Roster, I believe they will start out in Triple-A or elect for free agency. Out of this small group, Josh Fleming has the best shot to make the Opening Day roster, but I find it hard to believe that the Pirates would entertain the idea of having at least 4 lefties in the bullpen, but you never know in today’s game. However, if Ben Cherington decided to add Fleming to the Opening Day roster, I’d be willing to tolerate it.

With Dauri Moreta likely out for the start of 2024 and David Bednar’s health being up in the air, here is how the Pirates bullpen looks to potentially be: RHP Roansy Contreras, [open spot], LHP Ryan Borucki, LHP Jose Hernandez, RHP Carmen Mlodzinski, RHP Colin Holderman, LHP Aroldis Chapman, and [open spot or Bednar if he is healthy]. The back end of the bullpen is going to be fun to watch, but the Pirates should consider one or more of these non-roster invitees to fill the holes in the bullpen.