Pittsburgh Pirates: State of the 40-Man Roster Ahead of the MLB Winter Meetings

What does the Pirate 40-man roster look like ahead of MLB's Winter Meetings?

Sep 23, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Ji Hwan Bae (3) high fives
Sep 23, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Ji Hwan Bae (3) high fives / The Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAY Sports
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Currently, the Pirate 40-man roster sits at 38 players. It was at 36 until they signed catcher Ali Sánchez and claimed pitcher Roddery Muñoz off waiver on Friday. You cna read more about those acquisitions here.

With those additions, the Pirates now have three catchers on the 40-man roster as Sánchez joins Endy Rodriguez and Jason Delay on the 40-man roster. There is also Henry Davis who is listed as an outfielder, but can always be used as a catcher as well.

The addition of Muñoz gives the Pirates 21 pitchers on their 40-man roster. This includes another offseason addition to the 40-man roster, right-handed pitching prospect Braxton Ashcraft who was added last month to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.

Another player who has been added to the 40-man roster this offseason is infield prospect Tsung-Che Cheng. Like Ashcraft, Cheng was added last month to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Adding Cheng gives the Pirates eight infielders on their 40-man roster.

As for the outfielders, Connor Joe, Joshua Palacios, Bryan Reynolds, Canaan Smith-Njigba, and Jack Suwinski join Davis. This gives the Pirates six outfielders on their 40-man roster as MLB's Winter Meetings begin.