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First Pitch: It’s Time to Stop Playing it “Safe”

First Pitch: It’s Time to Stop Playing it “Safe”

(NOTE: After publishing this, word came out that the Pirates released Erik Bedard. An update is in the links and notes section.)

The Pirates have made some questionable roster moves during their playoff stretch. A lot of those moves seem as if the Pirates are afraid of playing younger players, and are more comfortable with veterans, even if the veterans aren't putting up strong numbers.

Consider that the Pirates stuck with Kevin Correia up until the trade deadline, even though Jeff Locke, Justin Wilson, and Rudy Owens looked Major League ready in Triple-A. Then, instead of calling up one of the Indianapolis left-handers, they traded Robbie Grossman, Owens, and Colton Cain to get Wandy Rodriguez, who had been struggling since the start of June with Houston.

Forget the Rodriguez evaluation. The Pirates obviously felt the need to upgrade their rotation. They had three guys who have looked ready for most of the season. They could have given Jeff Locke a shot long before the trade deadli...

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