In August, I considered whether the Pirates starting lineup could be significantly improved through free agency this upcoming offseason. I concluded that the realistic best-case scenario would be for the team to sign Johnny Damon and Adam Dunn, which would probably add just a few wins to the team’s record. And quite honestly, signing one of those two players is a bit of a stretch. I completed that post by promising a part two in which I would take a look at the free agent pitching options. Well, that was more than two months ago, but a promise is a promise.
Taking some advice from epoc in the comments section of my original post, I am using CHONE’s updated player projections for this analysis. Specifically, I am looking at CHONE’s context-neutral ERA projection (nERA) that was updated on August 23rd. Here are the top six projections for Pirates starting pitchers. Note that CHONE still has McDonald projected as a reliever.
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.