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Will Volquez be a $5 million blunder for Bucs?

I'm seeing positive comments about the Pirates' signing of Edinson Volquez to a $5 million contract.

Generally, it's a no-lose deal with plenty of upside?

Is it?

I don't think so. For the Pirates, $5 million is a big deal.

Yes, the Pirates had success with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano. Will it happen a third time?

Did it work with Erik Bedard?

Did it work with Jose Contreras?

Did it work for Jonathan Sanchez?

There's no guarantee. And now, $5 million from the Pirates' limited budget is tied up for us to find out.

Their money could have been better spent.


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I never understood the Steelers' fascination with their backup quarterbacks.

They've had either Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich for what seems like ages now.

And when the Steelers really needed a backup, Leftwich couldn't deliver.

Leftwich rambled 31 yards for a touchdown Sunday against the Ravens, but other than that burst, the Steelers couldn't do anything on offense in a 13-10 loss that puts them in a bad position in the AFC North.

Leftwich, with his long delivery, looks better suited for the Pirates' bullpen than behind center.

He went 18-for-39 passing for 201 yards, but couldn't help a Steelers' offense that looks lost right now.

The Ravens came into the game with a weak defense. The thought was Leftwich could manage the game, the Steelers could find a running back to rely on and they'd escape with a win.

It didn't work out that way.

And it looks like we could see Batch at QB this week -- or someone else.

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