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 Post subject: FA Starting Pitchers Still Available
PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:13 pm 
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As the saying goes, you can never have too much pitching. The bull pen looks good with who we have on the roster, but the starters worry me a bit. The top 5 figure to be:

Cole
Morton
Liriano
Rodriguez
Volquez

with the following in reserve or on the way:

Taillon
Cumpton
Locke.

Gomez and Pimentel could also be stretched out. As for the first 5, Wandy is a huge question mark, Morton has made more than 20 starts just once in 6 big league campaigns, Liriano will be hard pressed to replicate what he did last year, and Volquez is far from a sure thing. I would love to see them add one of the following (still available according to mlb.com):

Bronson Arroyo
Scott Baker
Clayton Richard
John Lannan
Paul Maholm
Chris Capuano
Joe Saunders
Jason Hammels.

Some may be only worth a minor league/NRI contract, I don't know. But we need a sure thing.


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 Post subject: Re: FA Starting Pitchers Still Available
PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:28 pm 
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Maholm is the only 'maybe' who stands out, but how likely is it that he would return to 'Burgh?

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 Post subject: Re: FA Starting Pitchers Still Available
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:51 am 
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My favorite among those names is Scott Baker.

Yes, yes, he is an extreme fly-ball pitcher and has lost almost 2 years to injury. However, his career FIP is a solid 3.98 (in the AL no less) and his K/BB ratio a superior 3.40.

He deals mainly 4-seam in the low 90's with a very good slider. He missed all of 2012 due to TJ surgery, and had a setback in spring training that cost him most of 2013.

He is a low-cost alternative due to the injury history. If he is even 90% healthy, his big frame, good fastball, very good slider, and excellent command make him an interesting "Plan D."

However, in looking over the list, it is clear that apart from Burnett, none of those pitchers is better than Locke. Jeff Locke is a good pitcher. The kid deals in the low 90's, works inside, is aggressive.


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 Post subject: Re: FA Starting Pitchers Still Available
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:31 pm 
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I like Saunders. I think he'll bounce back next season. Real good fit for PNC park too.


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 Post subject: Re: FA Starting Pitchers Still Available
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:48 pm 
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mjdouble wrote:
I like Saunders. I think he'll bounce back next season. Real good fit for PNC park too.


Of all the lefties, he's my pick as well. Haven't heard his name connected with anyone.


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 Post subject: Re: FA Starting Pitchers Still Available
PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:51 pm 
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At this point, they are all projects for Searage. Maybe one will fall when Burnett finally decides.

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