Pittsburgh Pirates: Players Who Must Be on Their Radar at the MLB Winter Meetings

The Pirates must keep these players on their radar as we head into the Winter Meetings.
Dec 7, 2022; San Diego, CA, USA; A detailed view of a 2022 MLB Winter Meetings logo at Manchester
Dec 7, 2022; San Diego, CA, USA; A detailed view of a 2022 MLB Winter Meetings logo at Manchester / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
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Alex Verdugo

A more low-key move to fill in the potential outfield void left by moving Davis behind the plate would be Boston Red Sox right fielder Alex Verdugo. Verdugo’s name has come up in rumors more than once this off-season. Given that 2024 will be the last year of his contract, Verdugo makes sense as a trade candidate.

Through 602 plate appearances, Verdugo batted .264/.324/.421 with a .322 wOBA, and 98 wRC+. He had a miniscule 15.4% strikeout rate with a walk rate clocking in at 7.5%. His 13 home runs also matched a career-high. Verdugo was a good defensive right fielder last year for the Red Sox with +9 DRS and +1 OAA at the position.