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Pirates Interested in Shaun Marcum

Pirates Interested in Shaun Marcum

Earlier this evening, Jon Morosi reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates were still talking with Francisco Liriano. Morosi followed up with a tweet noting that the Pirates were one of the teams interested in free agent Shaun Marcum.

https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/290701337002389504

It would seem that the Pirates aren't locked in with Liriano, especially if they're showing interest in other starting pitchers. They could definitely afford Marcum, since they were set to pay Liriano $12.75 M over two years. They also have some money remaining from the Joel Hanrahan trade. Marcum comes with the same concerns as Liriano, with a bad history of injuries. A big difference is that Marcum has posted strong numbers when healthy, while Liriano has struggled. Liriano fits PNC Park better as a left-handed ground ball pitcher, while Marcum is a right-handed fly ball pitcher. I don't know if we could expect the same numbers from Marcum pitching half his games in PNC, but he wouldn't be a bad s...

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