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Pirates: Another Model for the Royals

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Matt looks at how the Pirates are winning. I would like to focus on their pitching staff. Their pitching staff has turned it around from allowing 4.4 R/G in 2011 to just 3.5 R/G in 2012. This was done by 3 different methods the Royals should always be looking to use. 1. Injury comeback - Erik Bedard - This method is actually used quite often by the Royals in the last few years with Jeff Francis and Bruce Chen 2. Salary dump - A.J. Burnett - Take on players that have frustrated big market teams and have them take on most of the salary. 3. Trade relievers at deadline - James McDonald (trade for Octavio Dotel) - Relievers are easy to find and replace (look at the Rays). Soria should have been traded at some point for a usable piece.

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