|Charlie Morton (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
That theory will be put to the test. If the Bucs get a true mid-rotation guy either through the market or a trade, then we'll know there was a method to their madness. We'd like to see them come up with a reclamation project to challenge Jeff Locke for the five hole in addition to a proven guy to plug in the middle. So in our eyes, they're two pitchers shy of a load today. Clint Hurdle told Rob Biertempfel of the Trib that "We'll definitely go look at another pitcher or two. We have a plan."
Keep in mind that the future of the staff is likely a year away, with Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon, Nick Kingham and company all slated to toss for Indy sometime this year. They all project to be minimally mid-rotation guys, while other pitchers like Trevor Williams and Steven Brault could step up to become back-end candidates.
So goodbye, Charlie. We wish you luck in Philly, and hope that the FO's blueprint to transition the pitching staff takes root this season and isn't short-changed into 2017.