No one from the Pittsburgh Pirates will come out and say the rotation is set with two weeks to go until the regular season begins. But the truth is that the rotation is set with two weeks to go until the regular season begins. In fact, the rotation has been set for a long time.
The top three starting pitchers were guaranteed spots coming into the season. Francisco Liriano pitched like an ace last year, and is in year two of his contract with the Pirates. Gerrit Cole is the ace of the future, and looked like he was moving into that role at the end of the 2013 season. Charlie Morton was finally healthy last year, and looked like a strong middle of the rotation starter. He also signed an extension over the off-season, which bought out control of three free agent years.
That left two rot...
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