The Pirates are one of the most aggressive teams going after De La Rosa.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have shown a lot of interest in the starting pitching market so far this off-season.  The bulk of their reported interest has been in bounce back candidates and injury risks like Brandon Webb, Jeff Francis, and Justin Duchscherer.  That's similar to the approach they took last season.  Last year the Pirates had shown interest in bounce back options like Duchscherer, J.J. Putz, Noah Lowry, Jamey Wright, and Kameron Loe all by the beginning of December.

If there's one big difference in their off-season approach this year, it's how the Pirates are pursuing former Colorado Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa.  The Pirates aren't just showing an interest in De La Rosa.  He is their top target, and...

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