Maybe the Chicago Cubs will look for a starting pitcher after all.

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports has tweeted (what is the present perfect tense of “to tweet” – has tweeted? has twut?) that, among other teams, the Cubs are showing interest in Cardinals free agent pitcher Joel Pineiro. The Cubs have not denied this interest.

Pineiro, a type B free agent, has a renaissance year in St. Louis, with a 3.49 ERA and a scant 1.145 WHIP. He’s had an up and down career, but was always thought to hold a great deal of untapped potential, not unlike the nucleus of a plutonium atom.

If Randy Wolf’s deal with the Brewers is any indication of the market, however, Pineiro figures to get a multi-year deal approaching $10 million per. How could the Cubs possibly afford that, given that they can’t seem to do anything until they save 35 cents on trading Milton Bradley?

The good news is that it means the Cubs are at least aware of the potential issues in the rotation.



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