The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2011-12 off-season with ten players eligible for arbitration, including five players who are first time eligible. The decisions to be made are interesting. 2011 breakout players Jeff Karstens and Charlie Morton will both be eligible for arbitration. All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan will be eligible for his second year, and could see a significant raise. Four other members of the bullpen will also be eligible for arbitration. Ross Ohlendorf will be eligible for a second year, after a disaster of a year in 2011. Here is a preview of every situation, including my prediction for each decision.
Previously Eligible For Arbitration
Ohlendorf is a good bet to be non-tendered.
Ross Ohlendorf - Ohlendorf was a Super Two eligible player in 2011 and won his hearing, which awarded him $2.025 M. After a season which featured poor results and a lot of time on the disabled list, Ohlendorf is probably a candidate to be non-tendered, especially with his injur...
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