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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Left-handed reliever Angel Perdomo

Reliever Angel Perdomo is an under-the-radar name to watch in the next week. The 29-year-old Perdomo is having by far the best season of his MLB career. Through his first 20 appearances this season Perdomo has posted a 3.54 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 8.9% walk rate, and a very strong 38.0% strikeout rate in 20.1 innings pitched.

Perdomo's ERA, FIP, walk rate, and strikeout rate are all career bests. Additionally, he's allowed just two home runs this season.

Contending teams are always in need of bullpen help, especially left-handed bullpen help. Perdomo could provide this help for some team. His fastball spin rate is in the 88th percentile of baseball, he's limited opposing batters to an average exit velocity of 87.6 MPH and and a 32.5% hard-hit rate (both better than league average), and opposing batters are hitting below .200 with a whiff rate of 33% or higher against both his slider and fastball.

Perdomo has had a sneaky good season thus far. With teams always in search of bullpen help, especially left-handed bullpen help, Perdomo could be a low key trade piece for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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