In the midst of Fall, football is the king of winter sports, but in this very moment baseball can too have its greatest moments of eccentric fusion. As the Pittsburgh Pirates have shown “supposed” interests in offering Neil Walker a come back home party. Also known as the Pittsburgh Kid, Walker would instantly take back his 2nd base spot sliding Josh Harrison over to 3rd with uncertainty surrounding the return of Jung Ho Kang, whom the Buccos missed tremendously with an utterly performing offense this past season. The infield would be vastly improved with another player the Pirates have in mind on offering at the short stop position, and that would be former Reds- Zack Cozart. Rumors have linked the two pieces together but nothing been glued together obviously, as these are common rumors around this time of year for Major League teams to talk to free agents. If these two commodities come to fruition, then the Pirates would have the defensive infield, roughly looking ahead as:
Catcher: Francisco Cervelli
1st Base: Josh Bell
2nd Base: Neil Walker
Short Stop: Zack Cozart
3rd Base: Josh Harrison
In other trade news, are the Pirates looking to deal away Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole for pieces to build around in the future? With Mitch Keller surpassing Austin Meadows in the Fall League as the Pirates number one prospect, does this open up a trade partner for teams going after Pittsburgh “true” ace? As well the prolonged talks of McCutchen getting traded to a contender? All of that at this point is moot, but maybe we’ll start seeing possible suitors come the end of December, or possibly even during Spring ball! It’ll be quite interesting to see what the Pirates have in store for this offseason, but adding a piece or two should be the priorities. Add a steady, producing bat and bolster up a wrecked bullpen to help out Felipe Rivero, the man can’t do it all!
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