2009 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster and Payroll


1. All salaries in bold are official.
2. All ages are as of the start of the 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates season.
3. The 2009 payroll estimate includes a $1 M buyout for Matt Morris.
4. Donald Veal is a Rule 5 pick from the Cubs. In order to make the team, he has to remain on the major league roster all season. If the Pirates decide at any point not to keep him on the major league roster, he must be offered back to the Cubs for $25,000. The Pirates can still work out a deal with the Cubs, allowing them to send Veal to the minors (like they did with Evan Meek last season).
5. The figure for Nate McLouth at the bottom is his YTD salary before the trade, plus his $1.5 M signing bonus from his extension.
6. Players in the minor leagues make $32,500 in their first year on the 40-man roster, $65,000 in their second year, and $97,500 in their third year. Any player with major league service time makes at least $65,000, regardless of how many years of service (EX: Jesse Chavez).
7. The Pirates have set a budget this year of $54 M. I assume this is in regards to their 40-man roster payroll.
8. AST stands for Approximate Service Time. I can’t vouch that all of these are correct at the moment. Thanks to Cot’s Baseball Contracts for the majority of these, as well as the majority of the ’09 salaries.
9. These figures don’t include potential performance bonuses.
10. Players who have option years in bold have accrued five or more years of service time, meaning they can decline any optional assignments.
11. The Pirates sent $400 K to the Yankees in the Eric Hinske deal.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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