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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Marco Gonzales

Marco Gonzalez only pitched 50 innings last season, making his 5.22 ERA, 4.28 FIP, and 1.46 WHIP not fully reflective of how good he pitched. While Gonzales’ season as a whole was a let down as he didn’t throw a pitch after May, he has a strong history of being a quality, and durable starting pitcher, two things the Pirates really need right now.

From 2018 through 2022, Gonzales owned a 3.94 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 4.35 FIP. The lefty only struck out 17.7% of the batters he faced throughout this stretch of seasons, but his 5.9% walk rate was one of the best marks in baseball. But his 1.26 HR/9 was nothing to write home about. Gonzales made 131 starts and pitched 765.2 innings. Only 12 pitchers surpassed 760 frames in these five seasons. Seven, including Gonzales, had an ERA under 4.00.