Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Deadline 2023: Players Most Likely to Be Dealt

Which Pirate players are most likely to be traded before next Tuesday's deadline?

Jul 24, 2023; San Diego, California, USA;  Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Carlos Santana (41)
Jul 24, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Carlos Santana (41) / Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports
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First baseman/designated hitter Ji Man Choi

Ji Man Choi is also a pending free agent. The veteran left-handed hitter has missed most of the season due to injury, limiting him to just 62 PAs on the season. However, he has started to heat up at the plate since coming off the IL and has a track record, which could still make him a trade chip.

Since returning from the IL Choi has hit for a .259/.300/.630 slash line with a 138 wRC+ in 30 PAs. He's hit 3 home runs, a double, drawn a pair of walks, and struck out 7 times. These numbers are even better once you factor in the fact he was 0 for his first 4 since returning from the IL.

Despite his achilles injury that costs him most of the season, Choi should still be attractive to a team in need of a left-handed hitter. In 1491 career PAs against right-handed pitchers Choi has hit for a .245/.351/.456 slash line with a 13.8% walk rate.

Choi also has 88 postseason PAs in 29 postseason games with the Tampa Bay Rays. He has hit for a .221/.398/.412 slash line with a 133 wRC+, .191 ISO, 21.6% walk rate, and 27.3% strikeout rate in these 88 PAs.

A contending team in need of a left-handed hitter will likely have interest in adding Choi.