The starting pitching market could open up soon. Currently everything is being delayed by Jon Lester, whose signing will set the pitching market. Buster Olney says that a deal could happen in the next day.
Lester talks nearing the finish line, sources say. Choice will be made no earlier than tonight, no later than tomorrow.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 8, 2014
The main need for the Pirates is a starting pitcher for the top of their rotation, but they won’t be able to make any progress until Lester is off the board. I’m sure they, along with every other team looking to either acquire or trade pitching, will be relieved that the Lester wait is almost over.
UPDATE 4:42 PM: Ken Rosenthal says that Lester is choosing between the Cubs and the Giants.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 8, 2014