This is the third in a series of 5 articles that will try to get Pirate fans inside the organizations of the Pirates' NL Central opponents. I explained the rationale behind these articles here and previously reviewed the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs .
This article will look at the Milwaukee Brewers, a team that the Pirates get compared to the most (along with the Cincinnati Reds) in terms of what our market can bear payroll-wise. The Brewers have an owner in Mark Attanasio who did what everyone hopes Bob Nutting will do: spend the money when the time is right to make a move.
Payroll Committments 2011-2014 (does not include arbitration or min-scale players)
2011 -- $32.371 million
2012 -- $30.871 million
2013 -- $28.621 million
2014 -- $21.788 million
The Brewers have committments to four players beyond this year: Randy Wolf, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, and Yovani Gallardo. I don't consider Wolf to be a core player, but the Brewers have wisely locked up the other...