Let's take a look at what I consider the five best free agent starting pitchers the Pittsburgh Pirates should pursue this off-season
The Pittsburgh Pirates desperately need starting pitching this off-season. If the season were to start next week, the only starters they’d have are Mitch Keller and Johan Oviedo. Both are far from bad options, but as of right now, the last three spots are left up to Quinn Priester, Luis Ortiz. Roansy Contreras, Bailey Falter, Andre Jackson, or Osvaldo Bido.
Sure, there are prospects coming up through the system, such as Paul Skenes, Jared Jones, Anthony Solometo, Bubba Chandler, Thomas Harrington, Braxton Ashcraft, and Jackson Wolf, all of whom could make a bid for a rotation spot sometime during the 2024 season. The Pirates will also see both Mike Burrows and JT Brubaker return sometime during the summer. However, adding both stability and longevity to the starting rotation is an absolute must this off-season.
The starting pitching free agent market may be shallower than in years past, but there are still some free agents the Pirates should pursue. Today, I want to list my top five free agent targets I think the Pirates should at least look into, if not heavily pursue.