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Perrotto: Pirates’ New Starters on Opposite Ends of Spectrum (+)



The Pittsburgh Pirates have tried to add some veteran stability to their starting rotation this offseason.

In a way, they have. In another way, they haven’t.

Left-hander Rich Hill’s career has not always been stable. The Pirates will be his 12th team since breaking into the major leagues in 2005.

Yet, as the oldest player in the major leagues, the 43-year-old Hill should help bring an air of calmness to some of the Pirates’ younger starters.

Conversely, right-hander Vince Velasquez is still trying to establish himself in the major leagues as a 30-year-old on his fifth team and entering his ninth season. His career ERA is 4.93 through 183 games, 136 starts and 726.1 innings.

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