The Pirates might be satisfied to go into the season with Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton, Wandy Rodriguez, Edinson Volquez, and Jeff Locke as their starting pitchers. But, given that they are, apparently, still open to having A.J. Burnett return, they believe there is room for another. Here are three free agent starters who remain available and their 2013 numbers:
Bronson Arroyo: IP 202; 3.97 xFIP; 5.5 K/9; 1.5 BB/9; 1.4 HR/9;
44.4% GB rate; WAR-based Free Agent Value $4.0 million.
Paul Maholm: IP: 153; 3.89 xFIP; 6.2 K/9; 2.8 BB/9; 1.0 HR/9;
51.3% GB rate; WAR-baseed Free Agent Value $7.7 million.
Chris Capuano: 105.2 IP; 3.67 xFIP; 6.9 K/9; 2.0 BB/9; 0.9 HR/9;
46.4% GB rate; WAR-based Free Agent Value $8.2 million.
If there is money available to sign Burnett, there is money available to sign Arroyo, Maholm, or Capuano.