BRADENTON, Fla. — For quite some time now, the typical Major League roster has including five starting pitchers, eight starting position players, a five-man bench and seven relief pitchers.

But recently, some teams have bucked that trend, running one bench player short in exchange for an extra relief pitcher.

The Miami Marlins broke camp with 13 pitchers in 2017. At one point last season, the Chicago Cubs played a weekend with 14 pitchers on the roster. The Los Angeles Dodgers are openly toying with the idea of starting with 13 this season, and apparently, so are the Pirates, as general manager Neal Huntington laid out on Tuesday at LECOM Park.

The Pirates have four locks for their bench in Elias Diaz, Adam Frazier, David Freese and Sean Rodriguez. There has been an ongoing battle...

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