Yesterday I looked at the payroll situations involving the offense, noting that the Pirates have a lot of scenarios where they could shed payroll and go with a younger or cheaper option, in order to spend in another area.
The pitching side is a bit different. There aren't a lot of big contracts on the pitching staff, and since you can never have too much depth, it is difficult to say that you can remove one contract and find another guy who can put up the same value for a cheaper price. That might be true, but you also need to make sure you're not just counting on five starters.
Fortunately for the Pirates, they have a lot of depth. If the season started today, Tyler Glasnow, Steven Brault, Nick Kingham, Clay Holmes, and Tyler Eppler would be either in Triple-A, or in the MLB bullpen...
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