The current MLB free agent pool grew this past week with over 50 players being non-tendered by their respective clubs.
For the Pirates specifically, RHP Clay Holmes was non-tendered but quickly re-signed with the team on a minor league deal.
Two weeks ago, I suggested that the Pirates should make a run at signing outfielder Joc Pederson. In the article, I stated that this would be a long shot as Pederson will most likely sign for a figure outside of the Pirates preferred spending range. That said, the Pirates still need to add an outfielder.
After this week of non-tenders, many new outfield options are now available. These players will most likely be cheap and therefore gettable for the Pirates. Let’s take a look at some of the names.
David Dahl - Now 26 years old, Dahl has never been able to put together a full healthy season. Last season was a disaster for Dahl as he hit .183/.222/.247 in 99 plate appearances. Although he had never had a wRC+ below 110 before last season, the majority of Dahl’s offensive production has come at the hitter-friendly Coors Field (111 career wRC+ at home, 87 on the road).
Brian Goodwin - Goodwin has mostly been a solid fourth outfielder for the duration of his career but does have some positive traits. He is fast (28.1 ft/sec). He walks (10.4 percent walk rate in 2020). He has some pop (41.3 percent hard-hit rate in 2020). That said, he strikes out often (32.9 percent in 2020). None of these options are perfect (obviously), but Goodwin would be a good get.
Nomar Mazara - Mazara has always been a hard-hitting strikeout machine. He also hits a ton of ground balls. In 2020 with the Chicago White Sox, Mazara hit .228/.295/.294 with one home run in 149 plate appearances. In the four years prior though, he hit 20 home runs three times and 19 home runs once.
- Kyle Schwarber - I don’t see him not being a DH next season.
- Eddie Rosario - A rare non-tender that could be out of the Pirates price range.
- Adam Duvall - Has power. Maybe.
- Delino DeShields - Speedy defense-first outfielder. This has Pirates written all over it.
- Ben Gamel - Probably shouldn’t be a starting outfielder.
- Tyler Naquin - Was decent in 2019. 2020 was a disaster.
- Albert Almora Jr. - Has the pedigree but hasn’t been able to put it together.
- Bubba Starling - Runs fast. Can’t hit.