The non-tender deadline was Friday, which put 40 more free agents on the market. Of those, the Pirates have shown interest in five pitchers: lefties Manny Parra, John Lannan and Tom Gorzelanny, and righties Jair Jurrjens and Mike Pelfrey.
But if we're supposed to take the Pirates seriously, they can't go into Spring Training with any of these players anywhere near a rotation job. Parra spent all last season in the bullpen. Lannan spent most of it in AAA. Gorzelanny generally pitched pretty well, but almost entirely in a relief role. Jurrjens is a reclamation project who shouldn't get more than a minor-league deal. Pelfrey had Tommy John surgery last year and hasn't ever struck out more than six batters per nine innings as a pro. As rotation options, these guys are all jokes until they prove otherwise. And, having dropped Jeff Karstens, the Pirates need to do a heck of a lot better than this. Maybe they will. They don't control what's reported in the Trib. But this is not a promising report.