Major League Baseball announced on Thursday afternoon that 149 players have become free agents. The Pittsburgh Pirates have two players on that list, John Jaso and Joaquin Benoit.
As mentioned in our off-season primer, the Pirates have five days to negotiate with these players before other teams can begin negotiations. That's mentioned more for possible free agents the Pirates could be looking at this off-season, because neither Jaso or Benoit are expected to be re-signed. Jaso even hinted late in the season at retiring, and Benoit is 40 years old and coming off of a down year, so he might be done as well.
Jaso spent two seasons with the Pirates after signing as a free agent prior to the 2016 season. He combined to hit .245/.342/.409 in 734 plate appearances over 258 games. Those hit...
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