The Pittsburgh Pirates always find themselves in a perpetual state of questioning. But this year, amidst the uncertainty, we witnessed promising signs of improvement. Mitch Keller delivered another solid season, while Bryan Reynolds and Ke'Bryan Hayes silenced doubts about their All-Star potential. The front office and ownership signaled its commitment by handing out its first $100 million contract to Reynolds. Nevertheless, as we dive into the offseason, questions loom large.
Starting pitching is at the forefront of these inquiries. With a pressing need for at least two starters, the Pirates face a crucial decision. Will they aggressively pursue established arms or opt for seasoned veterans seeking one-year bounce-back deals? The strategy here will set the tone for the team's pitching staff in the coming season.
Another intriguing prospect is Yoshi Yamamoto. Will the Pirates consider making a move for this international talent, or will they explore other overseas options? It was reported that the team is interested in the young starting pitcher and that the Front Office had met with him in some capacity already.
General Manager Ben Cherington recently made a bold commitment to seeking more proven talent, even if it means parting with prospects. The question now is whether he'll back his words with action. Will Cherington orchestrate a significant trade or open the purse strings in free agency to bolster the team?
Lastly, the return of Andrew McCutchen is on the minds of Pirates fans. Despite a solid comeback this year, he battled injuries and saw a second-half performance dip. However, his significance to the organization transcends statistics. Will the Pirates bring back the beloved veteran to continue his storied career in Pittsburgh?
As we head into the offseason, one thing is certain: the Pittsburgh Pirates may have questions, but the team is in a position to actually answer those questions after posting a much more respectable win-loss record than the previous few years.