Marlon Byrd is a free agent this off-season, and would be a good stopgap until Gregory Polanco is ready. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
We're about a month away from the time when Major League Baseball players are first eligible for free agency. We're about two months away from the time when those players actually start to sign with teams. So it's early in the process. But it's not too early to get a feel for how free agency could play out for the Pirates.
I'm not talking about specific players. I'm not talking about specific positions. I'm talking about the Pirates and their chances of being a team that looks attractive to free agents.
In the past, the Pirates haven't been a popular landing spot. They could only attract players like Lyle Overbay, Matt Diaz, Erik Bedard, or other players who were on the downside of their careers. They offered big money to people like Edwin Jackson and Jorge de la Rosa, but those offers were turned down for other teams. There might have been other...
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