Once again, the Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves in full rebuild mode. Their most recent swing at a postseason run might as well have been scored as a backwards 'K' on the history books. Then they traded away most of the talent they had left the last couple offseasons, most recently Josh Bell and Jameson Taillon among others.
Key players like Chris Archer, Keone Kela and Joe Musgrove are also gone, with the Pirates taking a negative return on investment in most of these cases. Based on their moves, it's clear that Pittsburgh's owners are trying to save as much money as they can in 2021 after the pandemic, but here are three moves they can still make to save some face.
3. Take a Flier on Brad Peacock
Both the Pirates starting rotation and bullpen are abysmal. If they had young talent that was gaining experience it would be one thing, but players like Chad Kuhl and Tyler Anderson have no future with this organization. Brad Peacock may not either, but he's a versatile arm that can start or pitch out of the bullpen. He has always had plus-strikeout numbers and after recent injury-filled campaigns, Peacock could use the opportunity. If it turns out poorly, no harm done, but if Peacock performs well he could be an asset to try and deal at the deadline.
2. Bring in a Real Closer
The Pirates' only slight splash this offseason was a Chasen Shreve signing. Despite his career season in 2020, Shreve is not a closer, nor is he projected to be for Pittsburgh. Right now the job is open, but RotoChamp predicts Richard Rodriguez will nail down the team's closing duties. No offense to Rodriguez (2.70 ERA in 24 games last season), but a veteran closer could go a long way in this team being competitive. Luckily for Pittsburgh, one just became available in Jeremy Jeffress (released by the Washington Nationals for unknown reasons). Jeffress could also help with the set-up and high-leverage duties, should Rodriguez win the job.
1. Sign Yasiel Puig
I know, I know, why would Yasiel Puig sign with Pittsburgh? Well, the answer is that he might if it meant a one-year contract and a full-time starting role, something the Cuban-National hasn't had in years. This idea would work for the Pirates in two ways. One, it would provide some sort of spark to a franchise that is totally dead right now. Even if Puig has had his ups and downs as a player, he's always been exciting to watch, and Pittsburgh needs a reason for fans to watch right now. Two, similarly to Peacock, he could turn into a trade chip if he lives up to his potential. Puig did not play in 2020.
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