Found March 13, 2014 on The Outside Corner:
Starting pitching was not a problem for the Pirates last season, a big reason why they returned to the postseason for the first time in 21 years. Pittsburgh starters finished with a 3.50 ERA in 2013, the fourth-best mark in the NL, while an opponents' .667 OPS led the league. The rotation had depth, getting 19 starts or more from five pitchers, with two of them making 30 starts. That could be the case for the Pirates this season as well, yet there's a big question mark at the back end of the rotation that could be a significant concern.  First base was more of an issue in Pittsburgh last year, with Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez splitting time at the position. Overall, the Pirates got decent production, hitting a collective .264 with a .768 OPS. However, the team still felt the need to address — and upgrade — its first base situation enough to trade for Justin Morneau at the waiver trade deadline. Morneau left via free agency in the offseason and the Pirates did nothing ...
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