Every year, MLB Trade Rumors releases their top 50 free agents, along with predictions on which player will sign with which team. The predictions are what they are: one person's guess on how the off-season will play out. They're far from perfect, but they do provide a nice topic for discussion. This year's list has been released, and the predictions by Tim Dierkes suggest a busy off-season for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The first player that is linked to the Pirates is Carlos Pena. They note that Pena would be a good fit on a one year deal if they can't re-sign Derrek Lee. If you read the site at all this summer, you'd know that I was pulling for the Pirates to trade for Pena, before it became apparent that he wasn't going to be traded. I like Pena, and feel he would be a good fit for the Pirates and PNC Park. I'd pick Lee over Pena, but either player would be a solid anchor for the lineup. MLBTR rated Pena as the #16 free agent. Lee wasn't ranked in their top 50.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.