Williams: The Pirates Probably Have to Subtract Before They Can Add This Offseason

Josh Harrison is making $10 M in 2018. Photo Credit: David Hague
Williams: The Pirates Probably Have to Subtract Before They Can Add This Offseason

I've equated the upcoming offseason for the Pirates to the 2012-2013 offseason for several reasons. One big reason is that the Pirates don't seem to have a lot of money in their budget, and might have to get creative in order to add to the team.

I put their payroll at just under $100 M earlier this week. There have been calls for the Pirates to spend more. Some believe that Bob Nutting is holding the payroll down, and has the capability to spend more. Some believe that MLB's structure prevents the team from spending more. I'm not going to get into that.

What I will do is look at the reality. The Pirates have gotten up around the $100 M mark, and their cap seems to be a bit over that figure. Their highest payroll was in 2016, when they ended the season with a $109 M payroll. That incl...

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