Depending on how the beginning of the season goes, the Pittsburgh Pirates will approach 2018 as a year to compete or a year to rebuild. Manager Clint Hurdle enters his 8th season as manager of the Pirates.
The Pirates will return much of last year’s team, including outfielders Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco. McCutchen has been subject to plenty of trade rumors, but for now he remains the starting center fielder for the Pirates. As for Starling Marte, he missed over half of last season due to injury; when healthy, Marte is one of the top base stealing threats in Major League Baseball. Infielders Josh Bell and Josh Harrison both offer a bit of power and energy to the Pirates lineup as well. At shortstop, Jordy Mercer returns for his final season before he becomes a free agent. The Pirates will be without third baseman Jung Ho Kang, who has been unable to get a work visa after being arrested for driving under the influence in South Korea, his native country.
Pittsburgh no longer has starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, who the team shipped to the Houston Astros in January. Ivan Nova and Jameson Taillon will play prominent roles in the starting rotation in 2018, hoping to guide the Pirates back to the postseason. Felipe Rivero excelled as the Pirates closer ever since Clint Hurdle assigned him the role during the middle of the season. The 26-year old Rivero will enter 2018 as the Opening Day closer for Hurdle and the Pirates.
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