The Pittsburgh Pirates need to make room on their roster once they officially sign Andrew McCutchen, so let's take a look at a few Travis Swaggerty trades the team could consider.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have to eventually make a move when Andrew McCutchen's signing becomes official. Once that happens, the Pirates will have ten outfielders on the 40-man roster. Something has to give, and if they decide to do anything, they should make a trade. Their most valuable outfield prospect right now is Travis Swaggerty. Given his ability to play an outstanding center field with average or better numbers throughout each of his minor league seasons, he's a prospect that might bring back something interesting.
Last year, Swaggerty posted relatively solid but unimpressive numbers at Triple-A Indy. They weren't standout, but he hit .254/.348/.399 with a .338 wOBA and 102 wRC+. Swaggerty drew his fair share of walks with a 12.4% walk rate. He used his ability to reach base to his advantage with 20 steals in 25 attempts.
It was an up-and-down season for Swaggerty. He came out of the gates swinging and by July, he was hitting .277/.357/.446 with a .357 wOBA, and 114 wRC+. However, from the start of July through the end of the year, the outfield prospect batted just .235/.341/.362 with a .322 wOBA and 92 wRC+. He started the year off strong but ended on a negative note. Still, with his ability to play a quality center field, at least one team out there views him as a potential outfield option in 2023. The bar for centerfield hitters was not set high as combined, the position hit just .237/.303/.389.
If the Pirates have to trade someone, Swaggerty is a prime candidate. So let's take a look at a few Swaggerty-centered trades for the Pittsburgh Pirates to consider.