Pitcher Bailey Falter
Fellow left-handed pitcher Bailey Falter could find himself as a DFA candidate to make room on the 40-man roster for Pérez. The Pirates acquired Falters from the Philadelphia Phillies for Rodolfo Castro last July, but he struggled as a Pirate.
Falter pitched in 10 games as a Pirate, making 7 starts. In 40.1 innings pitched in these 10 appearances, Falter posted a 5.58 ERA, 5.78 FIP, 7.0% walk rate, and an 18.6% strikeout rate. Opposing batters hit .275 off Falter, and hit 10 home runs giving him an atrocious 2.23 HR/9 as a Pirate.
In addition to pitching poorly as a Pirate last season, being out of options is also working against Falter. Due to this, the Pirates may find themselves having to desigante him for assignment at some point before the regular season begins anyway. Esepcially after adding two lefties in Pérez and MArco Gonzales to the rotation so far this offseason.
It would not be a surprise to see Falter DFA'd to make room on the 40-man roster for Pérez.