I am still working on details, but here is the latest rumor I have heard from multiple sources. The Pirates are not satisfied with the starting rotation, as if that is a surprise.
What is surprising?
The Pirates may be close to acquiring a starting pitcher. Details are fuzzy, but all the rumors surround Huntington and crew not wanting to break camp with Karstens as the fifth starter.
According to sources, the Pirates have all but locked in on four starters: Maholm, Snell, Duke and Ohlendorf. While the team is satisfied with what Ohlendorf has shown so far this spring, they are looking at him as a fifth starter solution.
Huntington is pressing to land another starter before spring training is too far along to allow Russell and Kerrigan a chance to get a good read on the addition.
The possible acquisitions seem endless but the acquisition is not believed to be a free agent pitcher, unless the pitcher is waived or claimed in the coming days.
As I find out more, I will pass on any details. Hopefully someone with closer sources on the team can verify the rumor.
I had a brain fart as I was writing this and spelled Joe Kerrigan's last name Kerrington. Sorry Joe. It is corrected now.