Comments on: 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster and Payroll Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:24:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Tim Williams Sat, 24 Jan 2009 18:55:00 +0000 With Duke, the Pirates had options. Option number one was to non-tender him allowing him to be a free agent.

Option two was the one they took, to offer him arbitration. The outcome of this can either be that the two teams go to arbitration, or settle beforehand, and the Pirates chose to settle beforehand.

Personally I’m not a big fan of Duke. Aside from the fact that he’s inconsistent, we need power pitchers, and he is not a power pitcher.

I think the Duke signing is more a situation of the pitching market in baseball being high priced. If you’re a pitcher that has shown any level of success, you’re going to get at least $2 M. Take a look at Daniel Cabrera getting $2.6 M, despite a combined 5.23 ERA the last three years.

Duke would have easily received $2.2 M on the open market, especially being a 26 year old left hander who has shown success at the major league level, however inconsistent it may be.

By: keith Sat, 24 Jan 2009 17:14:00 +0000 I found the ranking table intresting. It’s a commentray on just how bad the minors were that Alverez is already first and Grossman is up there as well Tabata.

What I’d like to see is where it rankes against other ML teams org’s.

At first glance it doesn’t look like is significantly better than what we have now on the big team. that of course can change.

I still don’t see where the pitching is going to come from for instance. And theres not alot of power there either.

I’m not going to rant about FO decisions as I do on the PMB as this is more a forum for business and minor league discussions.

But I do have to question the decision the give DUKE $2.2 mil.
Am I correct in assuming they could have given him his outright release? Given his track record so far and his totsal lack of improvement ( or even matching) on his rookie year, it’s appartent that they have several guys that they’d get similar numbers with.

For a team that practices such financial restraint, it was a curious signing.