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Pirates 2024 MLB season previews: Relief pitchers

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The Pittsburgh Pirates saw tremendous improvement with their bullpen in 2023 and took steps this offseason to help improve it in 2024. While several names are set to return, there is one notable new face that could help in the later innings.

David Bednar

After posting his best season to date, “The Renegade” will once again be the Pirates’ closer in 2024.

Bednar was one of the best closers across baseball last year, going 3-3 in 66 games with 39 saves, a 2.00 ERA and 80 strikeouts. He was tied with San Francisco Giants’ closer Camilo Doval for the second-most saves in MLB and most in the National League.