The Right Time to Spend

Dejan Kovacevic did an interview with Pittsburgh Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting, which was up on the Post-Gazette site yesterday.  In the interview, Kovacevic asked the following question about payroll, with the following response: Q: So, your expectation remains that, if this group becomes competitive, you will be able to someday spend at the level of the Brewers and Reds? A: I think that’s expected. I think it’s...

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BUCCO Fans is a Year Old

This past weekend, BUCCO Fans.com turned a year old.  I started this site a year ago to accomplish two goals.  First, I wanted a central location for all of the resources I reference when talking about the Pirates.  These resources incude things that can be found in the features section, such as team payroll, individual salaries, service time, options remaining, trade histories, etc.  I’m still working on...

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Pirates traded Sanchez at the right time

My wife’s car is about to drive me crazy.  Last week she called me from work to tell me that her car wouldn’t start up.  After checking the battery, which was fine, we towed it to a mechanic, where we discovered that the car needed a new fuel pump.  We were also told that the rear brakes needed to be replaced.  So a few days later I got the rear brakes fixed, only to discover the next day that the speed...

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A Tale of Two Bullpens

A few weeks ago we saw the debut of the BUCCO Fans.com time machine when we went back to the 2008 July 31st trade deadline to keep the 2008 team together.  Today we’re going to power up the time machine once again, only this time we’re just going to go back about two or three months in time.  The exact date is November 3rd, 2009. I’d say let’s hop in and hit the road, but where we’re going, we...

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Octavio Dotel contract details

Dejan Kovacevic reports that Octavio Dotel will make $3.25 M in 2010, with a $4.5 M option in 2011.  That option includes a $250 K buyout.  The deal includes performance bonuses based on games finished, although those bonuses are unknown.  The deal also comes with a clause that makes the option a mutual option, should Dotel get traded.  While this doesn’t prevent the Pirates from potentially trading Dotel, it...

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