With pitchers and catchers reporting today, and Spring Training starting up this week, we will be previewing the position battles to follow throughout the Spring. To keep track of the players who are in camp, and the updated status of each position battle, check out the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Tracker.
The Pirates have done a lot since the trade deadline to address the starting rotation. They acquired Wandy Rodriguez at the trade deadline, gave Jeff Locke and Kyle McPherson a look in September, and added Francisco Liriano, Jonathan Sanchez and a few other depth options over the off-season. The top three spots in the rotation will be held by A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, and James McDonald. That leaves several of the above pitchers fighting for the final two spots.
Contenders: Jeff Karstens, Francisco Liriano, Jeff Locke, Kyle McPherson, Jonathan Sanchez
Francisco Liriano - If Liriano is healthy for Opening Day, he will get one of the open spots in the rotation...
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