Pirates and Zach Duke agree to $4.3 M contract

UPDATE 9:32 PM: According to Dejan Kovacevic, Duke will make $4.3 M in 2010.  The 2010 40-man roster/payroll page has been updated.  It’s not a good estimate, as it accounts for Brendan Donnelly, Ryan Church, and Brandon Jones.  Since we don’t know which player of Donnelly and Church isn’t official yet, I didn’t want to remove one or the other.  Once a move is made to clear space, the 2010...

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A trade in the works?

Earlier today it was reported that the Pirates claimed outfielder Brandon Jones off of waivers from the Atlanta Braves.  Shortly after the move, Rob Biertempfel posted a comment on Twitter telling Pirates fans not to get too attached to Jones.  After the comment I speculated that Jones might have been a “claim and trade”, since only the Washington Nationals had a shot at Jones, and it’s likely that one of...

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Pirates claim Brandon Jones off of waivers

UPDATE 4:46 PM: Kind of a vague comment by Rob Biertempfel on Twitter suggesting that Pirates fans shouldn’t get too attached to Jones.  The Pirates had the second waiver claim, which means only the Nationals had a chance to claim him.  Jones probably has some trade value, and I’d imagine someone from the 28 remaining teams would be interested.  Is this a claim and trade move by the Pirates?  Or am I...

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What is Zach Duke worth?

The deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration numbers is today, Tuesday January 19th, at noon.  The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with three players eligible for arbitration.  They signed Ronny Cedeno to a $1,125,000 deal, and non-tendered Matt Capps, which leaves Zach Duke as the only player who has yet to reach an agreement.  If a deal is not reached by noon today, Duke and the Pirates must...

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Top 10 Draft Picks of the Decade

With 2010 just around the corner, we’ve started to see a lot of “decade recap” articles around the web, including several Pirates related themes, such as the WHYGAVS All-Decade Team, Joe Starky’s recap of the decade, and Pirates Property’s Top 10 Pirates of the Decade.  I decided to take a look at some of the best and worst moves of the decade from a front office standpoint.  I will cover the...

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