After Taillon, Musgrove trades, who steps into Pirates rotation?

After Taillon, Musgrove trades, who steps into Pirates rotation?
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 27: Mitch Keller #23 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 27, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Going into the 2019 season, the Pirates’ rotation consisted of Jameson Taillon, Chris Archer, Joe Musgrove, Trevor Williams and Jordan Lyles. At the start of this offseason, all but Lyles were projected to be in the 2021 rotation.

Now they’re all gone.

Archer had his club option declined and Williams was designated for assignment within the first month of the offseason. Taillon and Musgrove were traded just seven days apart recently. The team’s roster has undergone drastic turnover since Ben Cherington became general manager in November of 2019, especially in the rotation.

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The only person whose name you can write into the 2021 rotation in pen is Mitch Keller. Steven Brault and Chad Kuhl have both drawn some level of trade interest over the past five months, and while there isn’t any traction of a trade for either pitcher right now, that could very well change at some point during the season. But as long as they are with the Pirates, they’ll remain in the rotation.

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