Yes, there hasn’t been much to cheer about the last few years of this once proud franchise.
As we prepare to enter a new year with a team that changed its manager and front office in the off-season to legitimate applause by me...and then has spent the duration of the time afterward seemingly operating under the hypothesis that doing that is easily going to be enough TO! CHANGE! EVERYTHING!, I want you all to read this snippet from mlb trade rumors, as it's the perfect capsule version of just how depressing everything is. Both in the names of the possible 3B signings (low-power utility guy Brock Holt! Todd Frazier and his "some power, not much else" bat!) and in the fact that our incumbent was no more than replacement-level caliber in over 500 FUCKING AT BATS.
The Pirates have shown “at least modest interest in the third-base market,” Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes. It seems adding a stopgap to help serve as a bridge to the Ke’Bryan Hayes era is possible. Speculatively, the likes of Brock Holt (a former Pirate whom new general manager Ben Cherington knows from Boston), Todd Frazier, Matt Duffy and Logan Forsythe are among the types who could interest Pittsburgh. But at least a couple of those players were no better in 2019 than incumbent starter Colin Moran, who was merely a replacement-level player across 503 plate appearances.