Pirates add 1st baseman for 2023, make roster moves

Stats for Ji-Man Choi and a look at the 40-man decisions
Ji-Man Choi hitting for Tampa Bay\
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Baseball’s off-season just a few days old and the Pirates added their potential starting first baseman for the 2023 season on Thursday.

Bucs traded minor league pitcher Jack Hartman to the Tampa Bay Rays for Ji-Man Choi. The right-hand hitter played 113 games for Tampa last season hitting .233 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI. He added 22 doubles with a .341 on-base percentage and .388 slugging. He made a total of three errors in 739 chances for a .996 fielding percentage. For his career, Choi has a .994 fielding percentage.

The 6’1”, 260-pound Choi has 61 career homers and a .345 on-base percentage. His best season in 2019 playing in 127 games with 19 home runs and 63 RBI hitting .261 with a .363 on-base percentage.

The 22-year-old Hartman was the Bucs fourth-round pick in 2020 out of Appalachian State University. The right-hander pitched in 22 games in relief for Class A Bradenton pitching 18.2 innings giving up 21 runs, 13 earned, the ERA was 10.13. Hartman walked 16 and struck out 19 with three wild pitches and a 2.036 WHIP.

Dropped from the 40-man

Several players were dropped from the Pirates 40-man roster. The following cleared waivers and were outrighted to AAA

RHP Peter Solomon, 26 (8-7, 5.58 ERA in 109.2 IP in AAA)
RHP Beau Sulser, 28 (10 games between Bucs & Orioles 3.63 ERA, 19K in 22.1 IP)
C Jason Delay, 27 (.213 in 155 AB, HR, 11 RBI)
RHP Blake Cederlind (hasn’t pitched since 2020)
LHP Eric Stout and C Zack Collins elected to become free agents.

Injury returns

The Bucs reinstated a number from the 60-day injured list on Thursday-all at least had a run in the majors.

Pitchers-Max Kranick, Cederlind, Colin Holderman, Yerry De Los Santos

Outfielder-Canaan Smith-Njigba

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