Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have officially welcomed Jung Ho Kang back for 2019, what does that mean for the rest of the offseason?
The Pittsburgh Pirates, like every single other team in MLB, have a shopping list in place as they hit the offseason.
Even though the team has crossed off what was likely the first item on its list, will be it be enough to jump-start their lineup?
In and of itself, the answer is a resounding, definite, concrete, no-doubt-about-it “probably not.”
Not only are the expectations for Kang cloudy at best, the team is full of question marks around the rest of the diamond as well.
We know that Gregory Polanco is going to miss significant time, with the threat of additional time needed to find himself again. We are also aware that the club’s middle infield — as currently constructed — is anemic at best (apologies to Adam Frazier..even though he will spend considerable time in right field).
With considerable questions at the corner infield spots even before Kang’s return was set in stone, the charge for a robust run creation attack rests on the shoulders of Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte and Francisco Cervelli...all players with their own set of question marks (though to be fair, theirs are mainly consistency concerns) even if each had above-average seasons by wRC+.