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

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Michael Lorenzen

Like Syndergaard, Michael Lorenzen pitched for teams on Tuesday. The veteran righty turned 32 earlier this month and has spent his nine-year MLB career with the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Angels, Detroit Tigers, and Philadelphia Phillies.

Last season, Lorenzen was traded from Detroit to Philadelphia at the tread deadline. In 29 appearances (25 starts) between his two stops, Lorenzen pitched 153.0 innings, posting a 4.18 ERA, 4.46 FIP, 7.5% walk rate, and a 17.8% strikeout rate. Setting a new career high in starts and innings pitched, Lorenzen posted a career best 2.0 WAR.

During his time with the Phillies last season Lorenzen pitched a no-hitter. He also pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in the postseason. In those 2.2 innings pitched, Lorenzen allowed two hits, he walked a pair, and struck a batter out.

Lorenzen would likely be able to be signed to a relatively inexpensive, one-year deal. He is also a pitcher the Pirates were connected to last offseason, so there is intrigue there from Ben Cherington and the front office. Lorenzen would also be an upgrade over multiple current starting rotation options the Pirates have.