As the dust settles from the recent Jameson Taillon and Joe Musgrove trades, a potential 2021 Pittsburgh Pirates rotation is beginning to materialize. As previewed on Rum Bunter earlier this week, the current rotation is projected to include Steven Brault, Mitch Keller, Chad Kuhl, and some combination of JT Brubaker, Wil Crowe, Cody Ponce, and recent trade addition Miguel Yajure.
However, odds favor that one, if not two of these arms will be dealt in the coming weeks. Since we can’t predict the future, let’s turn our attention to the projected rotation as it stands.
Upon a brief look at the depth chart, one trait links all of these players together, minus Brault: right-handedness. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a righty-dominant pitching staff, some managers prefer it, while others choose to have a more balanced battery.
Keeping this latter thought in mind, we’ll examine four free agent lefty starters who could be possible targets for Cherington and company to eat innings and provide a veteran presence. They could also become strong trade candidates for the Pittsburgh Pirates in July.