These three players could hit free agency depending on their current opt-in or opt-out, and players the Pittsburgh Pirates should keep an eye on
An option gives a player or a team the chance to return for another year, or multiple years, for a specified amount of money. Sometimes, there is also a buyout for their services. These options come in many forms. Team options give the team all the power to make the decision. Player options let the player decide their next course of action. Mutual options require both parties to agree, but these get turned down by one or both of the parties on most occasions.
Because of that, many players may or may not become free agents this off-season. The Pittsburgh Pirates need to be aggressive in acquiring players this winter, but they also may need to wait to see if some players opt in or opt out of their current deals. Some potential targets may stay with their current team, and others may hit free agency, potentially allowing the Pirates to sign them.
Last week, we took a look at a few players who will have team or player options going into the off-season and players who, if they do hit free agency, are players I would like the Pirates to pursue. But until then, the Pirates, as well as Pirates fans, should keep their eye on the rumor mill regarding these players. So, let's look at a few more players who have options going into the off-season.