The Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off Spring Training tomorrow, with pitchers and catchers reporting today. To get ready for Spring Training, we will be previewing one set of positions each day this week, with the final group coming tomorrow. Here are the groups we've already profiled:
Today we take a look at the starting rotation. The Phillies signed A.J. Burnett this afternoon, which means that the Pirates will definitely be going with the players already in the system. Here are the roster predictions based on the current Spring Training invitees.
The Guaranteed Starters
You can count on Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, and Charlie Morton to be in the Opening Day rotation. Liriano had a huge 2013 season. Cole was looking like an ace by the end of the year. Morton returned healthy, and started to look like a strong middle of the rotation starter by the time his command came around. The Pirates followed that by giving him an extension, keeping hi...
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