Pittsburgh Pirates 2020 Season Preview, MLB Picks, Odds, and MLB Predictions

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2020 Season Preview

A Look at the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 2020 MLB Season

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The Pittsburgh Pirates come into the 2020 season facing a major uphill climb, finishing the year with a 69-93 record to end up in the basement of the NL Central with their fewest number of wins since the start of the decade where the Bucs won just 57 games. The disappointing season also meant the 4th straight season without playoff baseball for Pittsburgh.

Additions: The Pirates were thrifty to say the least with their offseason spending on the free agency front, with their biggest splash coming in the form of a one-year contract for Jarrod Dyson worth $2 million. Guillermo Heredia was also brought in on a one-year deal to add some depth to the Pirates’ outfield situation while Luke Maile signed on a one-year deal as well to compete for the starting backstop job in Pittsburgh. The last signing for the Bucs was JT Riddle on a one-year, $850,000 deal to bring the total spending to $4.75 million in the offseason for Pittsburgh. Get Free MLB Picks and MLB Predictions all season long for every game at Sports Chat Place

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Subtractions: The biggest removal from last year’s squad has to be Starling Marte, who was traded to Arizona for a pair of minor-league prospects after 23 homers and 82 RBIs with a .295 batting average last season. The Pirates also traded Dario Agrazal to the Detroit Tigers while parting ways with veterans like Francisco Liriano and Melky Cabrera while failing to come to terms on a new deal with Elias Diaz.

Outlook: The Pirates still have some solid pieces like Josh Bell, Adam Frazier, Kevin Newman, Bryan Reynolds and Gregory Polanco in the position spots while boasting a pitching rotation featuring Chris Archer, Joe Musgrove and Trevor Williams. Outside of that though, there’s not much going on for the Pirates, and while newly-minted GM Ben Cherington won’t use the word rebuild, building is enough to give everyone the sense that winning is not a priority for Pittsburgh this season. It speaks volumes that Pittsburgh spent a measly $4.75 million in free agency, and it’s not for a lack of talent, the Pirates chose to spend sparingly. I think things get worse in the Steel City before they get better and this is where it starts.

Prediction: Under 69.5 Wins

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