Comments on: First Pitch: Spending Money in Free Agency Isn’t Worth It http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-spending-money-in-free-agency-isnt-worth-it.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 07 Sep 2014 14:52:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Tom http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-spending-money-in-free-agency-isnt-worth-it.html#comment-20602 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 03:56:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42302#comment-20602 I believe in the Bucs current philosophy of building from with-in but no one can deny what a 287AVG/43HR/124RBIs batter would add to this line up. You could argue that would give the Bucs 10-20 additional wins per season making them a playoff contender. The Pirates can still make money with a 75M cap, especially as a playoff contenter. The rotation should be solid over the next few years with the young aces moving up. Getting a top tier free agent goes against the grain and Bucs MO; maybe we should all think outside the box more…

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By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-spending-money-in-free-agency-isnt-worth-it.html#comment-20555 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 06:44:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42302#comment-20555 J-Mac is NOT Edwin Jackson. Every man is his own man and has his own destiny. Hopefully J-Mac can turn into a Jackson type pitcher, because he doesn’t have the bat if he turns out to be a Ankiel.

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By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-spending-money-in-free-agency-isnt-worth-it.html#comment-20554 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 06:34:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42302#comment-20554 We got lucky in the Burnett trade, we can thank his wife’s fear of flying for that deal. Alot of these big contract guys have no-trade clauses that I’m pretty sure includes the Pirates in most circumstances. If memory serves me correctly, and that is becoming a rarer and rarer occurrence anymore, Burnett would most likely be an Angel if it weren’t for his wife, because we all know they would have given up more to get him.

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By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-spending-money-in-free-agency-isnt-worth-it.html#comment-20553 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 06:28:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42302#comment-20553 Point taken, but I guess my view on it is, if they don’t want to come, pay them more than they can get elsewhere. If it would have taken $9 million to get a guy that could only get $7 million elsewhere but the guy helps win games and produces, then it’s worth it. Who wouldn’t have loved to see an Aramis Ramirez, Kubel, or Willingham in the lineup even if it’s for more than their WAR suggests it should be for? I guess my bottom line point is, as a fan I could care less what a players WAR is. I care about whether a player is producing and helping my team win games. And if we have to pay more to get the guy than somebody else does, so be it. Just get the guy instead of signing guys that do nothing and you end up having the same hole to fill next year.

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By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-spending-money-in-free-agency-isnt-worth-it.html#comment-20552 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 06:14:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42302#comment-20552 Unfortunately we will probably never know if Mercer or anybody else is a legitimate SS option as long as we have future hall of famer Clint Barmes manning the position. If they had no intention of playing Mercer, they should have left him play in AAA instead of riding the pine in the bigs.

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By: VRR Cards http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-spending-money-in-free-agency-isnt-worth-it.html#comment-20551 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 04:30:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42302#comment-20551 Mark Cuban could and would. Too bad they wouldn’t sell the team to him.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-spending-money-in-free-agency-isnt-worth-it.html#comment-20550 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:08:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42302#comment-20550 That’s a good plan in theory, but the middle players don’t necessarily want to sign with the Pirates.

They went after Edwin Jackson last year, and offered him a three year deal, but he opted for one with Washington.

They need players to believe they’re close to contending before they’ll be able to sign the middle guys.

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By: buccotime57 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-spending-money-in-free-agency-isnt-worth-it.html#comment-20549 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 02:48:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42302#comment-20549 Heres how i feel…they are going to spend 15 mil on FA anyway…they always do…sign one or two of the middle players and cross your fingers..its better than signing four clint barmes

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By: DXR http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-spending-money-in-free-agency-isnt-worth-it.html#comment-20546 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:41:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42302#comment-20546 All the more reason to pass on free agents in the future. I wish we now would have spent even more money on international signings and in the draft than we already did knowing how horrendous our record is at signing free agents.

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By: Nathan Swartz http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/09/first-pitch-spending-money-in-free-agency-isnt-worth-it.html#comment-20545 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:48:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42302#comment-20545 Shawon Dunston
Reggie Sanders

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