Should the Pittsburgh Pirates do any last minute shopping?
The Pittsburgh Pirates need to take advantage of the wealth of affordable veteran talent still available on the free agent market.
You can never have too much depth. It is the mantra of every athletic team from community youth programs to the major sports conglomerates, from badminton to baseball. Last year, the Pirates had eleven cases of Tommy John surgery throughout the organization. They were hit hard at the Triple-A level, especially with injuries. Casey Sadler, Brandon Cumpton, and Jameson Taillon were lost for the season. Alen Hanson suffered a hand injury that caused him to miss out on a September promotion.
Everywhere you look, with the possible exception of the bullpen, the Pirates Triple-A affiliate the Indianapolis Indians has a very talented roster. But with question marks in the major league rotation, bullpen, and bench, the Pirates spent the offseason relying heavily on the development of their prospects into major league ready players.
The entire Indians rotation could see time with the major league club at some point this season. Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon are certain locks, although fans may only get a mere taste of the potential of Taillon in his first year back in competitive baseball two years removed from Tommy John surgery himself. Angel Sanchez, Trevor Williams, Chad Kuhl, and Steven Brault are all candidates for an emergency spot start later in the season or September promotion. The Pirates could also have Cory Luebke as a factor if he can recover from the unfortunate series of events that plagued him the last couple of years.