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First Pitch: Welcome to the Early Off-Season Panic

First Pitch: Welcome to the Early Off-Season Panic

Today the Philadelphia Phillies signed Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 M deal with an option for a third year at $8 M. Almost immediately after the report came out, there were Pirates fans complaining about how the Pirates aren't going to do anything to upgrade the team, they're not going to spend money this off-season, and so on. Keep in mind that we're about a week removed from the moment where free agents hit the open market.

Basically, the off-season reactions are right on schedule.

Every year there are fears that the Pirates will stand pat throughout the off-season. There's always a move or a set of moves that draws panic and anger, and usually that involves losing a player from the previous year's team.

In 2011 it was the Pirates declining the options of Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, Paul Maholm, and Ronny Cedeno. They replaced Cedeno with Clint Barmes, and added A.J. Burnett to replace Maholm. Rod Barajas was the 2012 catcher, and he was a disaster, but they signed Russell ...

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