Pittsburgh Pirates: First Basemen to Target in Free Agency

After trading away Carlos Santana, the Pirates decided that, instead of calling up a prospect like Malcom Nunez, the best bet was to have Connor Joe play first base, even though he struggles mightily defensively.

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No. 5 Carlos Santana

Since getting traded to the Brewers from the Pirates at the deadline, Carlos Santana has expressed interest in wanting to return to Pittsburgh, and many Pirate fans have also shown interest in wanting him back too.

At age 37, Santana brought something new to the Pirates' team in 2023, which was leadership. He was able to make connections with the young talent from his native Dominican Republic while also uniting the whole team around him. While he is entering the final seasons of his career, a place in Pittsburgh is ready for him, and it seems after his career he could even take up a spot in coaching.