One of the biggest topics heading in to the off-season will be the roster crunch. The big focus here is who the Pittsburgh Pirates will protect from the list of players who will be eligible for the 2010 Rule 5 draft. However, the roster crunch also includes players who are eligible for arbitration.
Arbitration is a funny thing. If a player in his 0-3 years isn't performing, no one has a problem with cutting him loose. When he's due arbitration, it's suddenly an issue whether he should be retained or not. For example, Sean Gallagher has been bad in his time with the Pirates, and is a league minimum player for one more season after this. However, I doubt anyone would complain if Gallagher was non-tendered. On the other hand, Wilfredo Ledezma has also been bad in his time with the Pirates, but will be due a significant raise over his $500,000.
A huge misconception that exists in Pittsburgh, and all across baseball, is that money equals talent. That's not true at all. The tr...
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