18 weeks until Opening Day…
— You can check out last week’s offseason notes here.
— On Wednesday, the Pirates announced the signing of 1B/OF Jake Goebbert. His only MLB experience came in 2014 with the Padres, when he appeared in 51 games. Goebbert, 28, batted .294/.392/.452 in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League (AAA) this past season, and he’s consistently been an above-league-average hitter at the upper levels. A walk machine (his 13.5% BB rate ranked fifth in the PCL), he has no trouble getting on base.