With the trading of Joe Musgrove earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now in full out teardown mode.
This is not a bad thing. The Pirates are nowhere near contending and need to stockpile as much young talent as possible. Replenishing the farm system is a start. The hope for the Pirates and their non-spending owner is to hit on some of these prospects and build a young, cheap, and successful roster. This offseason has been the start of that process. Looking at the current roster, there are still a few players that could help further it.
With two years left of team control, Frazier may be appealing to a contender in need of a utility man. As we know Frazier can play second base and outfield. If needed in short spurts, he could potentially slide over to shortstop or third base as well. At second base though, he has been a gold glove finalist in each of the past two seasons.
With the bat, Frazier is as average as it gets. His career OPS+ is 100 as is his career wRC+. Last season he struggled at the plate, hitting .230/.297/.364 with seven home runs in 230 plate appearances. Overall though, Frazier can be counted on to be about a two-win player. He won’t fetch any blue-chippers in a deal, but he could still garner a decent return.
Now 30 years old, Rodriguez has been solid during his three seasons with the Pirates. Last season, he was great pitching to a 2.70 ERA (2.83 xFIP) over 23.1 innings. His strikeout rate reached a career-high at 36.6 percent. His walk rate was a career-low 5.4 percent. With three years left of team control, and teams always needing to add to their bullpens, Rodriguez is a valuable asset.
Taillon will probably need to prove that he can stay healthy this upcoming season before being moved. With two years left of team control though, he will still have value if he shows to be even 80 percent of his former self. Although I don’t see Taillon being traded this offseason, a deadline move could be in his future.
To be honest, there isn't much value here. Even with his solid 2020 stint, light-hitting first basemen (for his position) just don’t net big returns. Although he has three years left of team control, Moran would need to take a monumental step forward offensively to become an asset. If traded now, the Pirates just wouldn’t get much.
Of the players listed, Polanco will be the hardest to move for any positive return. First off, he has just one year left on his contract at $11 million. Second, he hasn’t been remotely productive since 2018. Injuries and flat out terrible play have held El Coffee back. The only real chance for him to be traded in a non-salary dump move would be if he lights it up this upcoming season. Most likely though, he will play out his current contract with the Pirates and become a free agent next winter.