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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Off-Season Contract Issues and Projections

Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Off-Season Contract Issues and Projections

The Pirates are going to have an interesting arbitration class this offseason. Several players -- Garrett Jones, James McDonald, Neil Walker -- could all stand to get pretty heavy pay raises, while pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Jeff Karstens, both third time eligible, could serve as off-season trade chips. The Pirates also have an option on veteran catcher Rod Barajas, who which could be exercised to return as their backup.

"You never want to go to arbitration cases, as we’ve shown in the past," General Manager Neal Huntington said. "If we have to, we have to. But we much prefer to find an agreement, a middle ground before we get to that point in time. We’re going to have some natural payroll escalations with the organic growth of our players' salary, which is a good thing. We’re going to ...

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