The offseason will be here before you know it, and we should start preparing to pick through the garbage of the rest of the MLB once non-tenders happen like a bunch of hungry raccoons.
While many here will wring their hands and say the Pirates have too many in-house options, a 40-man crunch, etc., I personally would fire GMBC on the spot if he didn't do some due diligence on what the other 29 teams sat out on the curb.
Here are a few non-tender candidates that I find interesting:
- Lewis Brinson (MIA) - he has never panned out in MIA, but with the pedigree he has and an opportunity to win a starting job here, there should be mutual interest. He's probably already instantly better than every outfielder not named Reynolds on the Pirates' MLB roster.
- Jose Martinez (NYM) - A very good buy cheap on a minor league deal type. Reasonable platoon partner with Yoshi or Moran.
- Aristides Aquino (CIN) - I think this is a long shot to happen, but Cincy may finally decide to cut bait on this guy. He would be an interesting RF option with some pop on a team that doesn't have much.