Francisco Liriano, Jonathan Sanchez, Brandon Inge, Mark Melancon, Russell Martin
Key offseason departures:
The Pittsburg Pirates have not seen the playoffs or a winning record since the 1992 season. They had two fast starts the last two seasons only to tank in the second half of both seasons. They have added some starting pitching this year to try and stop the second half collapse.
The Pirates best signing this offseason is probably bringing Francisco Liriano in where he can be the number 4 starter. This will take all the pressure off of him and allow him to finally live up to his potential. Eventually we should see former first overall pick Gerrit Cole in the big leagues at least to help out in the bullpen. They also have Jameson Taillon who isn’t far from the big leagues either. Cole and Taillon will provide the Pirates with a great 1-2 punch for years to come.
The Pirates have a decent young offense lead by Andrew McCutchen but the most interesting player is Starling Marte. He has the potential to be a star. He is a five tool player with 20/20 capabilities. If they can just get Pedro Alvarez to hit how he can they will be set.
The Pirates are getting better. They are developing good young players and have a deadly top of the rotation combo waiting in the minors. They will eventually put it all together and win some ball games but they won’t compete this year.
Predicted Finish: 3rd NL Central