Pittsburgh Pirates: Still Work To Be Done With the Starting Rotation

Trading for Marco Gonzalez improves the starting rotation, but more works needs to be done
Nov 8, 2023; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington speaks to the
Nov 8, 2023; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington speaks to the / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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What could be next?

One name to keep an eye on moving forward is veteran righty Jack Flaherty. According to reports, the Pirates are in pursuit of the righty. Flaherty would be a good fit with the Bucs and would provide a boost to the starting rotation.

The Pirates could also continue to look to the trade market. According to soruces within the indsutry we have spoken with, the Pirates have been in contact with the Miami Marlins to discuss trading for one of their surplus of starting pitchers.

No matter where the help comes from, the Pirates still need to add starting pitching. If the season started today, Bailey Falter, Roansy Contreras, and Luis Ortiz would all be in the team's MLB starting rotation.

Not only should no more than tow, if not one, of these three start the season in the major league starting rotation, all of that is also a blow the organization's starting pitching depth. Adding more starting pitching help not only improves the MLB roster, but it also deepens the rotation by allowing arms such as Falter, Contreras, or Ortiz to begin the season at Triple-A Indianapolis.

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