The Pittsburgh Pirates should add a quality reliever or two to their bullpen, and these three relievers should be on their off-season radar
The 2023 Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen was good this season but shallow. Many games were won because of the bullpen, but a handful more were also lost because the bullpen was overtaxed and the Pirates had to go to alternative options. Because of that, adding at least one bullpen arm this winter needs to be a priority.
As of right now, the Pirates seem to have a couple of locks for the 2024 bullpen. Those include David Bednar, Colin Holderman, Carmen Mlodzinski, Ryan Borucki, and Dauri Moreta. That’s a pretty decent quintet, but the options after that for middle relief are so-so. The likes of Jose Hernandez, Angel Perdomo, Yerry De Los Santos, Andre Jackson, Cody Bolton, Kyle Nicolas, Hunter Stratton, and Colin Selby will be competing for the final few spots when Spring Training rolls around.
This year’s free agent market is fairly shallow, but there are still some quality options out there. It is also the easiest and likely the most cost efficient method of getting a good reliever. I doubt the Pirates want to pour prospect capital in acquiring just a reliever, unless said reliever was elite.
With that, I wanted to take a look at a few relievers I think the Pirates should consider this off-season.