DK: Top Priority is a Starting Pitcher

Dejan Kovacevic has a small update on the off-season plans for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He mentions that there’s money to spend, and that he hears the top priority is a starting pitcher. Last week I pointed out that the Pirates have $7-10 M to spend. I also mentioned that the Pirates need another starting pitcher, due to the injury concerns that surround Erik Bedard, plus the general uncertainty with pitchers.

The ideal player would be Edwin Jackson, assuming he was affordable. There hasn’t been much of a market for him this off-season, which is kind of consistent with the interest shown towards the right hander throughout his career. Other available options include Paul Maholm, Jeff Francis, and Wei-Yin Chen from the Japanese league. The Pirates have shown interest in those three pitchers this off-season, although no interest in Jackson has been reported.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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