Earlier this week the 2011 40-man roster and payroll page was updated, giving the estimated payroll for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, based off of the Opening Day roster. A lot can, and will, change between now and the end of the 2011 regular season, so that payroll figure is far from complete. Today, I updated the future payroll commitments chart, with the salaries, years of control, and arbitration years for the 2012-2015 seasons. If the 2011 payroll is nearly impossible to predict at this point in the season, then predicting the 2012 payroll is definitely impossible. However, that doesn't stop us from taking an early look.
The Pirates have options on Paul Maholm, Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, Scott Olsen, and Ronny Cedeno. It's far too early to predict how those options will play out, although we can give a good estimate on each player.
Paul Maholm - Maholm has an option for $9.75 M, with a $750,000 buyout. I looked at Maholm's worth a few months ago, a...
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