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First Pitch: The Pirates Added Some 2014 MLB Players Today

First Pitch: The Pirates Added Some 2014 MLB Players Today

The moves the Pirates made today were all of the minor league variety. First they signed five minor league free agents -- all right-handed pitchers. They followed that up with the expected Rule 5 roster moves, protecting four prospects from the draft on December 12th. While all of these moves involved minor league players, it's very likely that today's additions will lead to MLB production at some point during the 2014 season.

During the off-season, the main focus is on the Opening Day roster, and who will be starting at each spot. As we saw in 2013, depth is important. The Pirates wouldn't have made the playoffs without the depth of their rotation, or the mid-season additions of guys like Gerrit Cole or Jordy Mercer. The moves today won't add to the Opening Day roster, but they will de...

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