First Pitch: What to Expect From the Rest of the Pirates’ Offseason

The MLB Winter Meetings have come and gone, and they were largely quiet for the Pirates. The meetings were quiet for most teams, but I get the feeling that what we saw this past week was a preview of what is to come.

The big moves the Pirates made? Losing Ashton Goudeau on waivers, adding five players in the Rule 5 draft — headlined by two hard-throwing pitchers in the majors — and a few trade rumors in the mix.

I feel like that’s what we’ve got in store for us this offseason.

Waiver claim city from that number one overall spot.

Seeking out low-cost, MLB-upside guys like Jose Soriano and Luis Oviedo.

Tons of trade rumors.

And maybe some rumors of adding from the outside, when the other teams are finished and values have emerged.

It really doesn’t matter much for the Pirates to get players for the 2021 season.

They need to focus on 2022 and beyond.

They can land some bench and bullpen guys from the waiver claims and other low-cost creative moves.

But for starting options, they’ll need to pull off some trades for prospects. The trade market is the biggest area to watch in my book.

What do you expect for the Pirates the rest of the way this offseason? What did you think of the winter meeting moves? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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