Last week I reviewed the off-season needs for the Pirates, noting that the team could use at least one starting pitcher among their needs on the external market. Yesterday I looked over the future payroll commitments to see what the Pirates could afford to spend on any external additions. The result was that the Pirates can afford to spend $8-10 M on two different players, without going over $50 M in payroll over the next few seasons. With that in mind, the important question to ask is who should they pursue? Here are some of the candidates in the starting pitching market.
The free agent market doesn't always provide the best value for starting pitchers. The demand for starters is so high that the following usually happens:
-A big market team like the Yankees spen...
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