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Perrotto: One Other Free Agent Pirates Should Consider Retaining (+)



Vince Velasquez, Pittsburgh Pirates

A sure sign of having a young team, the Pittsburgh Pirates had just three players file for free agency.

Left-hander Jarlín García was set free when the Pirates declined his $3.5-million club option for 2024 on Saturday. He joins right-hander Vince Velasquez and designated hitter Andrew McCutchen on the open market and teams can begin to negotiate with free agents beginning at 5 p.m. Monday.

There is little question about the Pirates re-signing McCutchen. The franchise icon wants to stay in Pittsburgh and Bob Nutting, Ben Cherington and Derek Shelton want him back.

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John Perrotto is a columnist for Pittsburgh Baseball Now and has covered the Pittsburgh Pirates and MLB since 1988.

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