Pirates sign Javier Lopez

UPDATE 6:16 PM: According to Dejan Kovacevic, Lopez will make $775 K guaranteed, with an additional $550 K in performance bonuses, based on appearances.  If he reaches all of his performance bonuses, he will end up making $25 K less than he made in 2009.  The Off-Season Tracker, 2010 40-Man Roster/Payroll Projection, and 2010 25-Man Roster Projection pages are all updated.  Also, I mentioned this below, but you’ll...

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Going Cheap Pt 3: 2010 Bullpen Options

In part one of this series I looked at whether you could find cheap bullpen options.  In part two of this series I looked at how you could find cheap bullpen options.  While there are probably many ways to do this, the two trends I am focusing on here are as follows: 1. Relief pitchers with strong K/9, K/BB, and HR/9 ratios in the minors.  Normally I’d look for a 6.0 or better, 2.0 or better, and 1.0 or less...

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Going Cheap Pt 2: Where do good players come from?

Yesterday, in part one of this series, I looked at whether you could find cheap bullpen options.  In my review of the best relievers in the 2009 season I found that 35 were cheap additions, while 18 were expensive options.  The important question to ask today is: what is the difference between a cheap option and an expensive option.  You may be quick to say that money, or the cost of acquiring the reliever via trade, is...

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Pirates interested in Kelly Johnson, Kelvim Escobar

Some free agent news and rumors… -Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates are interested in Kelly Johnson, who was recently non-tendered by Atlanta.  This is the second report that the Pirates have been interested in Johnson, with the first coming from Tim Dierkes of MLBTR.  The Astros and Cardinals are also interested in Johnson.  DK says that the Pirates are interested in Johnson as an outfielder, giving them...

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Going Cheap Pt 1: Can you find cheap bullpen options?

Today I was out picking up some Christmas presents when I decided to stop off at the store and grab some cereal.  I typically have one major rule when it comes to choosing a cereal: anything with a cartoon character on the box.  Since I still have a somewhat healthy cereal option (frosted shredded wheat) I decided to go for a “I probably shouldn’t be eating something with marshmallows for breakfast, but it’s...

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