Pirates a fallback for Pedro?

Jon Heyman of SI.com wrote a note today about Pedro Martinez (scroll down to the bottom of the first page). Heyman mentioned Pedro’s desire to use the World Baseball Classic as a stage to showcase his abilities. Heyman mentions the Indians made an early run at him, and makes reference to the Pirates showing interest. He ends the short note with a comment about Pedro having the Pirates if all else fails. I’ve mentioned many...

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A look at the free agent starting pitching market

According to Dejan Kovacevic at the PPG, the Pirates have made contact with free agent starting pitcher Braden Looper (blurb can be found at the bottom of the page). While this information doesn’t necessarily mean the Pirates will sign Looper, or even that they’re talking to Looper about a deal, it does bring up a question on the starting pitching market: where does the market currently stand? At the Winter Meetings we saw...

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