Can the Pirates afford McLouth and co. in 2012?

The biggest moves the Pirates made this off-season were the extensions of Nate McLouth, Paul Maholm, and Ryan Doumit. Each extension bought out at least one free agent year through the use of an option year. The same process was used with Ian Snell last year. A quick look at the Payroll Commitments Chart shows us that if the Pirates were to pick up the options on all four of these players, they’d be spending almost $37 M in 2012...

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Does Will Ohman make sense?

The Pirates are reportedly one of three teams to have interest in left handed reliever Will Ohman, with the Marlins and Padres being the other two teams. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote in his blog post the other day that an Ohman signing would come only with a John Grabow trade in mind. The question is: why? Both are left handed relievers. I assume that Ohman would be signing a one year deal, which means that...

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New Updates

Some updates to the blog… I updated the Top Prospect Consensus page with a lot of rankings. On the right side of the page you will notice a scoreboard. This has been there for awhile, but I noticed today that it is showing the Spring Training game against the Phillies. I added a RotoWorld widget that shows recent Pirates player news. As for the Pirates Draft Prospects Tracker, if you’re interested in that info, keep it...

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Baseball America Top 100 Prospects

Baseball America released their Top 100 Prospects today for the 2009 season. The list is determined by votes of six people at Baseball America. The Pirates prospects, and their Estimated Time Arrival to the majors (according to BA) are as follows: 12. Pedro Alvarez Estimated Time Arrival: 2009 33. Andrew McCutchen Estimated Time Arrival: 2009 75. Jose Tabata Estimated Time Arrival: 2010 The usual suspects. I guess the only thing that...

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2009 Pirates Draft Prospects Preview

A year after taking Pedro Alvarez in the first round of the MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates have another top selection in the 2009 MLB draft. The Pirates will have the fourth pick this year, which not only guarantees them a shot at another top talent like Alvarez, but pretty much guarantees them another encounter with Scott Boras. Boras represents seven potential first round clients, including several options that have been linked...

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