Arizona Fall League Recap 11/2

The Mesa Solar Sox lost 11-8 to Phoenix today.  Robbie Grossman started in right field, batting leadoff.  He went 1-for-5 with an RBI.  Brock Holt started at second base, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.  Mesa plays Phoenix tomorrow at 3:35 PM EST.

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Pirates Projected Arbitration Salaries

In my projection of the 40-man roster I’ve included estimates for each of the arbitration eligible players, in order to try and get the estimated 2012 payroll.  My method for estimating salaries is simple.  I’ll look at the numbers that the players put up, look at comparable players, and go with the salaries for those players.  For example, Joel Hanrahan compares very closely to Heath Bell.  So in my projection I looked at...

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Non-Tender Trade Candidate — Mike Aviles

The Pirates may be able to explore the potentially non-tendered player market for additions to the 2012 major league team.

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This Date in Pirates History: November 2

We covered Gary Redus yesterday, today just happens to be the birthday of the man he platooned with in Pittsburgh for a time. Born on this date in 1966 was Orlando Merced, first baseman/outfielder for the Pirates from 1990-96. Merced was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pirates in 1985 and he struggled his first two seasons before missing most of the 1987 season, getting into just 8 games. In 1988-89 he moved from low-A to AAA,...

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AFL Recap 11/1: Three Hit Day For Grossman

The Mesa Solar Sox lost 7-5 to Surprise today.  Robbie Grossman went 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and his fifth stolen base of the season.  Grossman now has a .385/.486/.637 line in 91 at-bats during the AFL season.  Jarek Cunningham went 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Former Pirates prospect Nathan Adcock started for Surprise, throwing three shutout innings and allowing two hits.  Grossman went 1-for-2 against...

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