How to Follow the Winter Meetings on Pirates Prospects

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.

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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.

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