Found November 30, 2012 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
The Pirates are indeed going to non-tender Jeff Karstens. Jeff was entering his third arbitration year and was projected to make around $4 million. Instead, the Bucs are allowing him to become a free agent. This move doesn’t make sense to me. Karstens has shown to be a very reliable starter/long reliever during his time for the Pirates, which spanned parts of five seasons. Obviously he’s no ace or anything like that, but to me he was a steady middle-of-the-rotation presence that gives the team a good chance to win every time he takes the mound . His numbers aren’t going to blow anyone away but in 2011 and 2012 he improved quite a bit, posting a 3.59 ERA over 41 starts. The decision to let Karstens go comes down to two things: cost and health. Karstens missed two months early in the season with shoulder inflammation, then missed another couple of weeks after a hip flexor problem in late August. The injury forced him out of this strong performance against the Brewers in the seventh in...
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