Pittsburgh Pirates: First Opening Day Roster Prediction of 2024

With the calendar now flipping to 2024, what could the Opening Day roster for the Pirates look like?

Sep 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Home plate  umpire Charlie Ramos (111) talks with
Sep 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Home plate umpire Charlie Ramos (111) talks with / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Now that the calendar has flipped to 2024, let's make our first stab at predicting the Opening Day roster for the 2024 edition of the Pittsburgh Pirates

Happy 2024 everyone! 2024 will be a very important one for the current front office and coaching staff of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Without at least a winning season in 2024, there will likely be sweeping changes throughout the organization.

With a losing season in 2024, Ben Cherington will have 5 losing seasons in as many as general manager of the Pirates, and the same would go for Derek Shelton as manager. Overall, it would give Cherington 8 losing seasons out of 9 as a MLB general manager.

With that said, it will be important for the Pirates to win games early and often in 2024. As fans saw last season, a fast start is far from everything in baseball. However, that fast start still helped the Pirates put together their best season since their last winning season in 2018. Outside of their 20-8 start, the Pirates were a woeful 56-78 the rest of the way.

Imagine how bad their record would have been without that hot start?

So, with all of that said, what the Opening Day roster looks like for the Pirates will be key. Now that the calendar has officially flipped to 2024, let's take a stab at our first prediction for the team's 2024 Opening Day roster.