Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 1/27/12
It's hard to avoid the conclusion at this point that the Pirates won't be making any more significant upgrades to their rotation. In the last few weeks two guys they seemed to have targeted this winter based on prior connections to Clint Hurdle -- Aaron Cook and Jeff Francis -- both signed minor league deals with contenders. Former Pirate Paul Maholm signed a very reasonable deal with the Cubs. Maholm said that the Pirates expressed little to no interest in bringing him back, while I can't really see any reason to think that Cook or Francis were on the club's radar for the last six weeks or so. They haven't shown any interest in Edwin Jackson, either, so it really seems unlkely that anything else is in the offing. This seems like a problem to me. The rotation is currently comprised of the oft-injured Erik Bedard, the already-injured Charlie Morton, the inconsistent James McDonald, the magician Jeff Karstens, the not-very-good Kevin Correia, and the unproven Brad Lincoln. Help from t...
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