FanGraphs has released Dan Szymborski's annual ZiPS projections for the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving an early look at what is expected from everyone on the team in 2018. The ZiPS releases can come anywhere from the start of the offseason to late January, and the timing of the release gives a different perspective on the team's projections.

In this case, the projections are being released on day one of the MLB Winter Meetings, which means we get a unique look at where the Pirates stand both before and after they make any offseason moves. I typically do a separate projection, analyzing the playing time and ZiPS projections for each player. That will come later. For now, I wanted to point out the most notable things in today's projections.

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