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Pirates non-tender Jeff Karstens

Nov 30, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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After five seasons together the Pirates have non-tendered right-hander Jeff Karstens, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Karstens has been a decent back-of-the-rotation starter for Pittsburgh, throwing 535 innings with a 4.31 ERA, but he was limited to just 91 innings this year due to shoulder and hip injuries and the Pirates didn’t feel like paying him $4 million or more via arbitration.

At age 30 he should be able to land a big-league deal for a lesser salary, although that all depends on how his arm checks out medically.

  1. genericcommenter - Nov 30, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Yankees reunion? They might need an 8th starter.

  2. tuberippin - Nov 30, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    To be honest, when he was a Yankee, I never expected him to get as far as he has. For a guy with a pretty marginal major-league skill set, 535 decent innings in the rotation is pretty solid.

    • genericcommenter - Nov 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      I don’t think anyone expected much from him.

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