Arizona Fall League Recap 11/14

The Mesa Solar Sox lost 4-2 to Peoria today.  Jarek Cunningham was the only Pittsburgh Pirates hitting prospect who played, going 0-for-4 with one strikeout.  Michael Colla pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.  Colla now has a 4.20 ERA on the season in 15 innings, but does have a 10:10 K/BB ratio, with walks being an issue throughout the season.

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Pirates Inquired on Willingham, Kouzmanoff

Jenifer Langosch reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have inquired on free agents Josh Willingham and Kevin Kouzmanoff this off-season, although Langosch mentions that neither player is likely for the Pirates.  The Pirates are looking for backup options in the outfield and at third base, and Kouzmanoff and Willingham are looking for regular starting time. Neal Huntington talked previously about the need for a contingency plan if Pedro...

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New Pittsburgh Pirates Future Payroll Page

When I started this site in 2009, one of the first things I added was a chart listing the Pittsburgh Pirates payroll commitments over the upcoming years, along with a listing of how each player was acquired by the team.  For the past three seasons, I’ve been using the same chart I came up with in 2009.  Over the weekend I made a change and created the new Pittsburgh Pirates Future Payroll page. Aside from a cleaner look, the new...

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Joel Hanrahan’s Trade Value

Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun (via MLBTR) had an update yesterday on the Toronto Blue Jays’ pursuit of a closer.  Elliot says that the Blue Jays have been “shocked” by the asking prices of free agent closers this off-season.  Alex Anthopoulos said that the club’s greatest surplus was prospects, which Elliot took to mean that trading for a closer would be Toronto’s best option. We saw Jonathan Papelbon...

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Potential Draft Bonus and Compensation Changes

Buster Olney provided several updates on the possible changes that could take place under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which Olney reports is “on the ten-yard line”. -The big issue has been the owners’ demands for hard slotting.  One solution involves bonuses for the top ten rounds.  Teams would have a ceiling based on the slot prices for the first ten rounds of the draft. This wouldn’t restrict a...

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