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  • Pit Starting Pitcher #24
    It’s a significant loss for the Pirates’ starting rotation mix heading into next season as Oviedo will likely be sidelined until the outset of the 2025 campaign. There were rumblings earlier this month that he was dealing with right elbow pain, and might ultimately require surgery, so the latest development doesn’t come completely out of nowhere. The 25-year-old righty, who would’ve entered next spring as a borderline top-100 starting pitcher in fantasy drafts, was a reliable workhorse this past season for the Pirates, posting a solid 4.31 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 158/83 K/BB ratio across 177 2/3 innings over a career-high 32 starts.
  • Pit Center Fielder #21
    The 24-year-old outfielder was limited to 55 games for the Twins this year after suffering a ruptured UCL in his left thumb in May 2023. He previously appeared 122 games in 2022, posting a .238/.313/.302 slash line with two home runs, 30 runs, 24 RBI, and four steals. He’s an excellent defender, but doesn’t bring much on the offensive end.
  • FA Starting Pitcher #70
    Bido made nine starts and seven relief appearances for the Pirates as a rookie, finishing with a 5.86 ERA. The team will attempt to re-sign him to a minor league contract.
  • FA Relief Pitcher
    The Pirates didn’t think Stratton was worth a spot on the 40-man, but they likely will re-sign him to a minor league deal. The 27-year-old (happy birthday!) had a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings last season.
  • Pit Relief Pitcher #43
    Borucki joined the Pirates in June and had a 2.45 ERA and a 33/4 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. The 29-year-old lefty has made 134 appearances (21 starts) in the big leagues dating back to 2018.
  • Pit Starting Pitcher #95
    The 24-year-old right-hander was the Bucs’ second-round selection from the 2018 MLB draft. He made 19 starts across three minor league levels in 2023 — registering an outstanding 2.39 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and a 63/11 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings in 19 starts between Single-A Bradenton, High-A Greensboro and Double-A Altoona. He should return to Double-A Altoona to start the 2024 season, but his big league debut isn’t far off.
  • Pit Shortstop
    The 22-year-old shortstop had a terrific 2023 season between High-A Greensboro and Double-A Altoona, slashing .278/.353/.456 with 13 homers, 56 RBI, 26 stolen bases (in 38 attempts) and a 100/52 K/BB ratio across 535 plate appearances. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him make his big league debut with the Pirates during the 2024 campaign.
  • Pit Starting Pitcher #24
    That’d be a definite blow to the Pirates. Oviedo was inconsistent last season, but he wound up making 32 starts with a 103 ERA+ and did so for the minimum salary. Starting pitching was already a huge need for the Pirates this winter, and having to replace one of the two sure things in their rotation would make fielding a competitive pitching staff even more expensive.
  • Pit Catcher #32
    While the 24-year-old top prospect was promoted and saw time in the outfield with the Pirates during the 2023 season, Cherington made it perfectly clear to him that his future is still behind the plate. He’ll join Endy Rodriguez and Jason Delay behind the plate for the Bucs heading into 2024. While the eligibility is good for fantasy purposes, it’ll limit his total plate appearances if he’s spending most of his time behind the dish.
  • Pit Shortstop #15
    Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington confirmed that Oneil Cruz is in Bradenton, Fla., rehabbing his surgically repaired left ankle. He has been running, hitting and throwing and has even been introduced to some simulated game action. With the Arizona Fall League done, the Pirates have considered sending Cruz to the Dominican Winter League to get some live at-bats, but Cherington confirmed that the team expects their shortstop to be 100% when spring training begins.