With the 2022 regular season coming to a close, nine Pittsburgh Pirates players have elected free agency.
One of the nine players is Michael Chavis, who was a somewhat surprising DFA choice after carving out a significant role with the Pirates in 2022.
In 129 games with the Pirates, Chavis hit .229 with a .654 OPS and drove in 49 runs. He finished fourth on the team with 14 home runs and fifth with 16 doubles.
Chavis was designated for assignment for the Pirates back on Sept. 26 to make room for Miguel Andújar on the roster.
Eight others also elected free agency — pitchers Dillon Peters, Tyler Beede, Austin Brice, Eric Hanhod and Jerad Eickhoff, as well as infielder Josh VanMeter, outfielder Greg Allen and catcher Taylor Davis.
Like Chavis, Peters also held a fairly significant role in Pittsburgh. In 66 innings between 2021-22, Peters went 6-4 with a 4.23 ERA across 28 appearances/10 starts.
Beede appeared in 25 games for Pittsburgh this past season and finished with a 5.23 ERA, primarily pitching out of the Bucs’ bullpen.
Allen and VanMeter were never able to find their groove at the plate, as both players finished below the Mendoza line. Allen hit .186 with eight steals in 46 games while VanMeter hit just .187 with a .558 OPS in 67 games.
EIckhoff and Brice combined to make only five appearances with Pittsburgh in 2022. Davis and Hanhold did not get called up to the big leagues at any point.
All nine players are free to sign with any of the 30 teams, which includes possible reunions with the Pirates.