The Pittsburgh Pirates will have a much more veteran presence in their clubhouse this season following an eventual offseason by general manager Ben Cherington.
Such highly respected veterans as Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Santana, Rich Hill and Austin Hedges were signed as free agents. Santana and Hill, in particular, were magnets for the Pirates’ younger players from the early days of spring training.
However, it will be the development of the young guys who will ultimately determine if the Pirates can finally begin to make progress in their long rebuilding process this season.
They will start finding out Thursday when the Pirates visit the Reds at 4:10 p.m. in the season opener at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.