While most of the attention has been focused on the Pirates' pursuit of a hitter, there may also be need for a pitcher to bolster a rotation that may be starting to leak a little water. Last weekend, the Pirates were one of four teams rumored to be in on Joe Saunders, as per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
The left-handed Saunders has never overly impressed me, but he has been a reliable innings eater with both the Angels and the Diamondbacks. He has taken the hill at least 31 times each of the past 4 years and logged 186 to 212 innings over that time span. He's a lefty with an 89 mph fastball, 75 mph curve, and an 80 mph change. I've always felt that Saunders was just a half-step below Paul Maholm in terms of overall stuff, for comparison.
After being non-tendered by the D...
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