The winter meetings begin today, which marks the start of one of the busiest weeks of the year for the site. I spent the majority of the last week, and the entire weekend working on finishing the 2012 Prospect Guide so that I could keep track of the rumors and the potential moves this week. To make things easier, here are some resources to use when following the winter meetings this week:
The Off-Season Calendar – Keep track of the important dates all throughout the off-season.
Off-Season Transactions – When the Pirates add a player, the move will be posted here.
Future Payroll Chart – A listing of the current 40-man roster, along with the future payroll commitments for each player.
2012 40-Man Roster/Payroll – A listing of the current 40-man roster with option years, service time, and the projected 40-man payroll for the 2012 season.
Pirates Rumors – All trade rumors will be posted in this category, along with any other important updates from the meetings.
Transactions – Any moves that the Pirates make will be posted here.
Pirates Rule 5 Eligible Players – The Rule 5 draft is Thursday. This is a list of all of the Pirates prospects who were unprotected from the draft. A preview of the draft will go up before the draft on Thursday.
Also, for those wondering about the Prospect Guide, I ordered a preview copy today. The book will be finalized on Thursday, after the Rule 5 draft. It will be sent to the publisher that afternoon for the first shipment of books. You can pre-order your copy now to make sure that your order is part of the first shipment.