Pirates Continue Busy Offseason by Adding Veteran Pitcher

Tyler Maher
The Pittsburgh Pirates continued to fortify their pitching staff.
The Pittsburgh Pirates continued to fortify their pitching staff. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

While they haven't made a ton of splashy moves this offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates have remained busy re-tooling their roster coming off a second straight season of at least 100 losses.

The goal is to be more competitive in 2023, and the Pirates took another step towards contention by adding a veteran starting pitcher to the rotation on Tuesday.

Pirates Sign Rich Hill

Pittsburgh inked Rich Hill to a one-year, $8 million deal on Tuesday. The 42-year-old lefty is coming off another solid season after going 8-7 with a 4.27 ERA in 26 starts for the Boston Red Sox last year.

While Hill has started to show some signs of age-related decline, he's still a solid and capable pitcher who appears to have something left in the tank. The Pirates are the 12th team of a remarkable career that has already spanned 18 seasons.

While Boston had shown interest in bringing Hill back, he apparently doesn't mind switching teams for the fourth consecutive offseason. It also may have helped that he was familiar with Pittsburgh GM Ben Cherington, who was previously general manager of the Red Sox during Hill's 2012 and 2015 seasons there.

It remains to be seen how many pitches the Pirates can squeeze out of Hill's arm this year, but the hope is that he can stave off Father Time for one more season and give the team some quality frames.

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