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Baseball Prospectus Looks at 12 Bargain Free Agents

Baseball Prospectus Looks at 12 Bargain Free Agents

A.J. Burnett was listed as a potential bargain. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have done well in the past few years looking at bargain players, especially on the pitching side of the game. They look to be going the same route again this year, once again looking for bargain starting pitchers. Baseball Prospectus released a list of 12 players who are likely to be bargains this year. The list is numbered, but I don't think it's a rankings list, since each writer had one player.

The first player on the list was A.J. Burnett, although the write-up mentions that he's not exactly like the other players on the list. Burnett is deciding between retiring and returning to the Pirates. If he returns, it will likely come at a below market rate. Pirates fans are worried Burnett will sign somewhere else, but it seems R.J. Anderson of BP shares my opinion that Burnett will only return to the Pirates if he returns.

If Burnett doesn't sign, then the Pirates could find a repl...

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