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How Much Can the Pirates Spend?

How Much Can the Pirates Spend?

How much can the Pirates spend over the next few years to complement their young talent?

In my review last week of the 2011 off-season needs for the Pittsburgh Pirates, I noted that the team could add external upgrades at either first base or right field, as well as adding to the starting rotation.  The Pirates could use at least one starter who could be relied upon to match the performances of guys like Paul Maholm and Ross Ohlendorf.  They could also use an extra bat in the lineup to help support the young talent that has emerged in the last year.

The big question is, how much can the team afford to spend?  In my projection of the 2011 40-man roster/payroll, I estimated that the Pirates will have a minimum payroll of just under $31 M, after estimated arbitration raises, and assuming the Pirates non-tender Zach Duke, along with a few other minor players.  The Pirates could easily add two players in 2011 and still end up with a payroll under $50 M, similar to what they finished w...

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