Comments on: Frank Coonelly: Pirates Plan Payroll Increase, Ticket “Price Adjustments” http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/frank-coonelly-pirates-plan-payroll-increase-ticket-price-adjustments.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:32:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/frank-coonelly-pirates-plan-payroll-increase-ticket-price-adjustments.html#comment-35403 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 06:03:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=64754#comment-35403 $7.50 for a beer? Maybe some, but the Yuengling pounders were going for $10.50 each at the game I was at lol.

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By: Brett of Indy http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/frank-coonelly-pirates-plan-payroll-increase-ticket-price-adjustments.html#comment-35326 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 02:00:37 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=64754#comment-35326 It is a shame that they indicating an increase in salaries and ticket prices in the same discussion, when Frank knows that the additional $25M is coming and that frankly everyone one will be going in salaries. What is unfortunate is that the increased revenue sharing, two stratight years of drawing more than 2M fans, along with increased cable contracts is not enough to keep ticket prices sustained. Congratulations, it will now cost you more to get in, so you can drink one of their $7.50 beers. When is enough, enough?

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By: CalipariFan506 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/frank-coonelly-pirates-plan-payroll-increase-ticket-price-adjustments.html#comment-34968 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 02:37:48 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=64754#comment-34968 I think the front office is going to make a legitimate offer for Abreu this winter.

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By: Stephen Brooks http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/frank-coonelly-pirates-plan-payroll-increase-ticket-price-adjustments.html#comment-34959 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 23:15:28 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=64754#comment-34959 1B free agent market: Napoli, Corey Hart, Loney, Morneau and Moss are the headliners. I guess you could play Morse at 1B as well. He played there for Washington.

Jones would be at the bottom of that tier, along with Morneau. IMHO no reason to take him to arbitration – you could cut him loose and try to sign him as a FA for less.

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By: impliedi http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/frank-coonelly-pirates-plan-payroll-increase-ticket-price-adjustments.html#comment-34958 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 23:11:47 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=64754#comment-34958 MLBTraderumors has the following 1B free agents currently listed for after this season (obviously subject to a lot of change):

Jeff Baker (33)
Corey Hart (32)
Todd Helton (40)
Mike Napoli (32)
Paul Konerko (38)
Casey Kotchman (31)
Adam Lind (30) – $7MM club option with a $2MM buyout
James Loney (30)
Kendrys Morales (30)
Justin Morneau (33)
Mike Morse (32)
Lyle Overbay (37)
Carlos Pena (36)
Mark Reynolds (30)
Kevin Youkilis (35)

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By: SteveW http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/frank-coonelly-pirates-plan-payroll-increase-ticket-price-adjustments.html#comment-34939 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:23:10 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=64754#comment-34939 Over the past three years, Drew has hit .241 with a slugging pct of only .392. Also he’s not a great fielder, he will be 31 on opening day, and has Scott Boras as an agent. Not a great combination – and not an upgrade over Mercer.

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By: Jeremy J Stein http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/frank-coonelly-pirates-plan-payroll-increase-ticket-price-adjustments.html#comment-34936 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:32:36 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=64754#comment-34936 I wouldn’t bother trying to resign Byrd, Buck and/or Morneau (if the Pirates got him). Well, Morneau maybe, but that would be assuming he would want to resign.
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Byrd is a candidate to regress next year and the Pirates will have Polanco mid 2014.
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Buck is a backup. The Pirates will have two other backups next year with McKenry and Sanchez. Not sure where Buck would fit in. I guess he could replace McKenry, but backup catcher isn’t going to have a big impact on a team with Martin as the starter, so why not keep the cheap McKenrey or have Sanchez learn from Martin.
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Good shortstops are hard to find these days, not sure why the Angles would part with Aybar. I guess it’s nice to dream though.
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Drew would be very interesting. Mercer is then the backup and subs for Walker against lefties.

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By: Jeremy J Stein http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/frank-coonelly-pirates-plan-payroll-increase-ticket-price-adjustments.html#comment-34931 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:59:47 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=64754#comment-34931 Of course we can assume the Pirates won’t give the backup SS spot to d’Arnaud and will sign a FA backup SS for anywhere from 1 to 5 million.
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I wonder what the 1B market looks like next year. If it’s not so good, the Pirates could bring back Jones for 6.5 M or whatever he’ll be due. Granted that would be a huge overpayment for a guy who may continue to decline, but who knows, maybe he might bounce back a little bit. I’m not saying the Pirates should keep Jones, just saying they might have to if a better option isn’t available on the FA market. I guess there is the Jose Abreau possibility.

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By: pirate fan http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/frank-coonelly-pirates-plan-payroll-increase-ticket-price-adjustments.html#comment-34923 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:35:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=64754#comment-34923 Just wanted to say something, I want to trade for Morneau. Here is my take on the offseason. First thing we need is to resign SOME of our free agents… That is Burnett, Byrd, Buck, and Morneau (if we get him… Only other need I see is shortstop.. I like Stephen Drew. Our bench would be strong (Jones, Gaby, Buck, Mercer, and Tabata.) We have options for pitching. We will have Liriano, Burnett (if we resign him.) Locke, and Cole.. The last spot is Wandy or Morton.. If Wandy is healthy, I give it to him. In the bullpen, we have Grilli, Melancon, Wilson, Watson, Gomez, and Morris. Mazzaro is arb eligible. I look for us to trade him.. Possibly for a shortstop, along with Morton. How about Morton and Mazzaro (with prospects) to the Angels for Erik Aybar? Have the Angels pick up some $$$. But, of course, this is only if I’m GM.

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By: jalcorn http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/frank-coonelly-pirates-plan-payroll-increase-ticket-price-adjustments.html#comment-34911 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:50:44 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=64754#comment-34911 Yes, because the Nutting/FC/NH front office should be distrusted, they haven’t done anything the exact way they said they would over the last 6 years [sarcasm].

McClatchy moved on and Littlefield was fired a long time ago, let it go.

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