Only two former Pirates are starting pitchers on the free-agent market. The first is Jameson Taillon. Taillon spent the 2016-2019 seasons with the Bucs but faced bad luck after bad luck, undergoing Tommy John surgery twice and a cancer diagnosis. He’s spent the last two seasons with the New York Yankees and has posted league-average numbers in both seasons. In 2022, Taillon pitched 177.1 innings to the tune of a 3.91 ERA, 3.94 FIP, and 1.13 WHIP.
The other former Pirate starter is Chad Kuhl. Kuhl was part of the Pittsburgh Pirates up until last season. He made his debut in 2016 but underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-2018. After greatly struggling in 2021, the Pirates non-tendered the right-hander, and he then latched on with the Colorado Rockies for one year. While Kuhl got off to a strong start to the season, he eventually fell back down to Earth. All told, he pitched 137 innings and owned a 5.72 ERA, 5.26 FIP, and 1.55 WHIP, all three of which were career worsts.
There are a few other starters who played with the Pirates at least once before. Those include Jose Quintana, Chris Archer, and Jordan Lyles.