Pittsburgh Pirates: Two Former NL Central Starting Pitchers Still Available in Free Agency to Pursue

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These two former NL Central foes remain free agents and could add a boost to the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation

We are less than three weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Bradenton to kick off spring training 2024 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. While the start of spring training is right around the corner, the Pirates are still in need of starting pitching help.

They have traded for Marco Gonzales this offseason while signing Martin Perez, but both of them come with their fair share of red flags. Additionally, both are back end of the rotation arms. That is not good for a starting rotation that, as currently constructed, only has three known commodities, and none of them are a true no. 1 starting pitcher.

On Tuesday, it was reported that the Pirates had watched Noah Syndergaard pitch in person and that they are interested in the veteran. Syndergaard, however, has battled ineffectiveness and injuries the past four seasons.

If the Bucs were to look elsewhere in free agency to add to their starting rotation, who could they look to? Which starting pitchers are still available in free agency, and could be targeted by the Pittsburgh Pirates?

Well, these two former National League Central foes could be free agent targets for the Pirates.