After it was announced that Starling Marte would be promoted tomorrow, I started getting the following question on Twitter: Do you think the Pirates will make any more moves now that Starling Marte is up?
My answer: yes. My reasoning: look at the pitching.
The pitching staff has been strong this year. Not only has it been strong, but it has depth. Jeff Locke, Justin Wilson, and previously Rudy Owens were tearing it up in Triple-A. Yet the Pirates didn't seem comfortable going to them, other than as spot start or emergency options. They went out and acquired Wandy Rodriguez, trading three top prospects away. Rodriguez upgrades the rotation, but upgrading the rotation wasn't a big need. The glaring weakness was Kevin Correia (who has been legitimately pitching well the last few starts since the All-Star break), and he could have been upgraded by one of the three Indianapolis left-handers.
To sum it up, pitching wasn't a big need, and the Pirates had plenty of options in Triple-A, yet ...
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