By Jason Shetler
Here is a look back of what went on involving the Pirates this past week.
Tuesday: Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported that five teams are in pursuit of Sean Rodriguez, and the Pirates are one of them. Rodriguez has spent the last two seasons in Pittsburgh. He had his best season offensively in 2016, hitting 18 home runs and posting an OPS of .859 in 342 plate appearances. Rodriguez will almost certainly receive a multi-year deal in free agency.
Also on Tuesday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune wrote an article regarding the Seattle Mariners need for a late inning lefty reliever. One of the names he said the Mariners could be interested in is Tony Watson. Since 2012, Watson has been a mainstay in the Pirates bullpen. This past season, he posted a 3.06 ERA along with a 137 ERA+ in 70 appearances. Watson enters this offseason in his final year of arbitration eligibility.
Wednesday: Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington mentioned to 970 ESPN Pittsburgh’s David Todd that Jung-Ho Kang will play some shortstop in 2017, whenever Jordy Mercer needs a break. During his rookie season with the Pirates in 2015, Kang played both shortstop and third base. He was exclusively a third baseman this year.
Friday: The Pirates announced that Clay Holmes was added to the 40-man roster, as he would have been eligible for the Rule 5 Draft in December. Holmes was drafted by the Pirates as a ninth round selection in 2011. He made 26 starts this year for the Altoona Curve where he had a 4.22 ERA. Because the Pirates had an open spot on the 40-man, they were able to simply add Holmes without having to remove someone else from the roster.