Buster Olney tweeted the following this afternoon:
The asking prices have come down significantly for veteran FA starters: Oswalt (said to be at $8m), Kuroda (10-11m), Edwin Jackson.
Neal Huntington has stated that he is comfortable with the starting pitching currently on the roster, but if this report is true, he should be aggressively pursuing one of these players. Outside of Erik Bedard, whose durability issues greatly lower his value, nobody on the Pirates’ staff can match the talent of Roy Oswalt, Hiroki Kuroda or Jackson.
Oswalt has posted an ERA above four only once in his career, with a 4.12 mark in 2009. He battled back injuries last season, and his 139 innings were his lowest season total since 2003. However, he still put up a 3.69 ERA, and appeared healthy late in the season. Dave Cameron discussed this in greater detail this afternoon, labeling Oswalt a potential steal at that price. Several teams will likely be interested, meaning the Pirates would probably have ...
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.