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.

Championship Series - San Diego Padres v Philadelphia Phillies - Game Four
Championship Series - San Diego Padres v Philadelphia Phillies - Game Four / Michael Reaves/GettyImages
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No. 8 Yuli Gurriel

Yuli Gurriel, the Cuban-born player, did not debut in MLB until he was 32. Now, at age 39, he has more accomplishments than most 39-year-olds: winning two World Series, a Gold Glove, and a batting title.

This former Houston Astros player would be a good signing for cheap, with a track record of consistency. In 85 playoff games with the Astros, he has a career batting average of .267 with an on-base percentage of .321. While he has struggled the past 2 seasons, being a below-average hitter and fielder, his potential outshines the risk of $2.5-5 million. Being a good contact hitter who doesn't strike out much and walks quite a bit, with a batting average of .248 and an on-base percentage of .305 this season, it shows he isn't the typical Moneyball player. But who knows, with the right coaches, he could hit 31 home runs again like he did in 2019.