Depth was a big reason why the Pittsburgh Pirates had a strong rotation in 2013. They had a lot of injuries, but it seemed like every time they had an injury come up, they had a Major League ready pitcher to step into the rotation and take over. One of the biggest boosts last year was Gerrit Cole, who was pitching like an ace by the end of the year. The hope was that Jameson Taillon would arrive by mid-season 2014 and do the same thing that Cole did last year. Today it was announced that Taillon will need Tommy John surgery, which means that the earliest he could arrive in the majors is next June.
The Pirates still have a lot of depth options, although none with the upside that Taillon could have provided. Here are the current depth options, minus Taillon.
MLB Bullpen Options
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