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Pirates non-tender Jeff Karstens

Nov 30, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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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.

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