The Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves in a unique position. The Pirates have some pitching depth. It’s not great depth, but there is depth that doesn’t include names like Brian Burres. The article below that WTM posted at Bucs Dugout notes that the Bucs would listen on All-Star Kevin Correia.
Correia was one of the most winningest pitchers in baseball last year in the first half of the season. (Come on, help me sell this trade…)
On his radio show today, Neal Huntington talked about not needing the emergency veteran starter in AAA Indy as they have in the past. He was talking about what Brad Lincoln’s role would be on the team. It’s a fact that one of the Pirates six starters in Bedard, McDonald, Karstens, Morton, Burnett, and Correia will be heading to the pen– if all can get healthy.
It’s definently not an ideal situation, the Pirates aren’t loaded with experienced pitchers just waiting to come up. But it’s a good situation. Kyle McPherson will pitch his first year at AAA. Rudy Owens will be repeating the level along with Justin Wilson and Jeff Locke.