Pittsburgh Pirates: An Early Look at 3 Free Agents to Target This Offseason

The way in which the Pirates approach this offseason will let us know how serious they are about winning next year

Aug 9, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Michael
Aug 9, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Michael / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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This offseason the Pittsburgh Pirates will have multiple holes they need to address. Let's take an early look at three potential free agent targets for the Bucs.

It's no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates have shied away from splashing in free agency in their history. Their largest free agent contract in team history is the second deal Francisco Liriano signed with the team after 2014 for 3 years and $39 million, which is quite depressing when you think about it.

That being said, the team spent just north of $30 million this past offseason, nearly double from the previous year ($16 million). There's no reason we shouldn't expect that number to go up again. The team will be entering Year 5 under Ben Cherington, and while there has been some progress made this year in filling certain positions, there are others that will need to be addressed externally. That is if the team is serious about wanting to win games soon.

Disclaimer: This is not a prediction of who the Pirates will sign this winter, but merely a list of players that are hitting the open market who would fill the needs on the Pirates' roster nicely. These three players would not only be affordable for the Pirates, but they would fill their biggest needs entering 2024 with consistent production.

Let's get into it!