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Insider Only Pirates Off-Season Talk: Budget Nearly Maxed Out


Is the Pirates current roster what fans are going to see come spring training?

While the team poked around at various times this off-season on some starting pitchers who are still out there, Mat Latos, Cliff Lee and Justin Masterson among the three, the Pirates budget is nearly maxed out with the Pirates keeping Mark Melancon for now.

“I won’t say that we’re done. We’re never done. We’re always looking for ways, small, medium or large to help the club,” said GM Neal Huntington today when appearing on 937 The Fan.

Huntington, though, admitted any moves between now and spring training will only be small one’s.

“As we sit here now we’d have to get creative to add anybody of substantial salary. There’s still Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

The Pirates starting rotation currently sets up with Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Jon Niese, Jeff Locke and Ryan Vogelsong. Locke and Vogelsong will be in competition early in the year to stay in the rotation for the inevitable callup of Tyler Glasnow by July.

A dominant spring training for Glasnow is not going to matter regarding his prospects of starting the season with the major league ball club.

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— The talk you hear about Francisco Cervelli right now out of the organization is the Pirates are a little skeptical that his performance last season is going to become the norm. Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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