It seems like every year the Pittsburgh Pirates go in to the off-season with some sort of comments about how they will explore the starting pitching market, although for the last three years that has been the extent of their talk, with no specific names being mentioned. This year could be different. Today, Rob Biertempfel reports that the top free agent target for the Pirates is Jorge de la Rosa.
Over the weekend it was reported out of Colorado that the Pirates were one of many teams who were believed to have interest, joining the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Washington Nationals. That was just more of the usual. To my recollection, this is the first time the Pirates have specifically targeted a big free agent under the new management group, outside of the vague "we'll explore the market" comments.
In no way does that give the Pirates any guarantee of getting de la Rosa, who could be viewed as...
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