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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Wade Miley

Ben Cherington has signed at least one veteran southpaw starting pitcher every year since he took over as the Pirates’ GM. With the massive hole in starting pitching depth, I don’t see why he would buck from this trend. If anything, Wade Miley fits this mould like Cinderella’s slipper and I’m surprised that the Pirates haven’t signed him yet.

Miley pitched 120.1 innings with a 3.14 ERA, 4.69 FIP, and 1.14 WHIP. Miley has never been a strikeout pitcher, though his 16.1% strikeout rate was the lowest of his career in any season he has pitched 50+ frames. However, he did post a quality 7.8% walk rate, and slightly above average 1.20 HR/9. Miley was also in the 83rd percentile of exit velocity (87.3 MPH), 93rd percentile of hard-hit rate (31.3%), and 54th percentile of barrel rate (7.6%).