Following the announcements yesterday that the Pittsburgh Pirates had turned down all four player options, Pirates fans began to panic. The panic was the same thing we see at the beginning of every off-season: the worry that the Pirates wouldn't add anyone over the next five months, and would enter the 2012 season with the options available in the system.
It's far too early to assume that the Pirates will do nothing this off-season. They can't even negotiate with free agents until Thursday. After that there's the 40-man roster period in mid-November, the non-tender period in early December, and of course there's trades and free agency along the way. I don't expect the Pirates will stand pat this off-season, although the topic does give us a reason to look in to the internal options to see what the Pirates have available at each position of need. Here is a look at each position that has been opened up in the last two days, with all of the internal possibilities listed.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.