Pittsburgh Pirates Season in Review

At the start of the season I posted my 17 things to watch for in 2009 (besides the losing streak). Around the All-Star break I did a mid-season update, and with the season now over, I figured I would go back and see how everything turned out this season. Here is the recap: 17. The performance of the 2008 draft class. The Pirates went all out, spending almost $10 M in the 2008 draft, including going over slot on several high impact...

Read More

BUCCO Fans.com 2009 MVP: Andrew McCutchen

The final results of the MVP Tracker are posted, and Andrew McCutchen finished at the top of the rankings as the 2009 BUCCO Fans.com MVP for the Pittsburgh Pirates. McCutchen had a strong rookie season, hitting for a .286/.365/.471 line, with 12 homers and 22 stolen bases in 433 at-bats. McCutchen was battling it out with Garrett Jones for the majority of the second half of the season, but sealed the deal by hitting for a...

Read More

2010 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster and Payroll

Shaded players are currently on the 60-day DL, and don’t count towards the 40-man roster, although their salary does count. NOTES: All salaries in bold are official. All ages are as of the start of the 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates season. Players in the minor leagues make $32,500 in their first year on the 40-man roster, $65,000 in their second year, and $97,500 in their third year. Any player with major league service time makes at...

Read More

Final 2009 40-Man Payroll

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up their 2009 season today, and with the completion of their year, I have the estimated 2009 40-man payroll. Any salaries below that are not in bold font are the salaries I did not know. The main guys are Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, and other players who were not on the 40-man roster to start the season. I just used the league minimum of $400 K for these players. The Pirates’ ended up spending...

Read More

The battle for number two

Tomorrow’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds, two teams with seemingly nothing to play for, will actually have some meaning. The Pirates are three percentage points behind the Baltimore Orioles as the second worst team in the majors. The Washington Nationals have clinched the worst record in the majors, and the number one pick in the 2009 draft. That means a loss by the Pirates tomorrow, or a win by the...

Read More