First Pitch: How Do the Pirates Look if Francisco Liriano Accepts the Qualifying Offer?
Nov04

First Pitch: How Do the Pirates Look if Francisco Liriano Accepts the Qualifying Offer?

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the right moves today. They not only extended a qualifying offer to Russell Martin, but also made the same offer to Francisco Liriano. Both players will have a week to accept or decline their offers. If they decline and sign elsewhere, then the Pirates would get two draft picks as compensation. If they both accept, the Pirates would see their current payroll expand by $30.6 M. I think there’s zero...

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Pirates Extend Qualifying Offers to Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano
Nov03

Pirates Extend Qualifying Offers to Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano

Today is the deadline for teams to extend a qualifying offer to departing free agents. For those who aren’t familiar with the process, a qualifying offer is the only way a team can get draft pick compensation from departing free agents. This year, teams have to issue a one year, $15.3 M deal. After that is offered, the player has a week to accept or decline. If the player accepts, the team gets him back on that one year deal. If...

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First Pitch: Pirates Need to Make Two Qualifying Offers Today
Nov03

First Pitch: Pirates Need to Make Two Qualifying Offers Today

Today is the final day for teams to re-sign their departing free agents, as well as the deadline for teams to extend a qualifying offer. I don’t expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to re-sign anyone today, although the qualifying offers will be significant news. There are two players who easily deserve qualifying offers, if only to get the Pirates some sort of compensation when/if they sign elsewhere. The easiest decision lies with...

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MLBTR Releases 2014-15 Free Agent Predictions
Nov02

MLBTR Releases 2014-15 Free Agent Predictions

Every year, MLB Trade Rumors releases free agent predictions at the start of the off-season. The predictions are in no way accurate, and shouldn’t be seen as anything more than entertainment. For example, last year they had A.J. Burnett and Marlon Byrd returning to Pittsburgh, along with Carlos Beltran, Stephen Drew, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Josh Johnson, and Tim Hudson as possibilities. Obviously none of those guys ended up...

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Two More Reclamation Projects Hit the Free Agent Market
Nov02

Two More Reclamation Projects Hit the Free Agent Market

Last week I looked at a group of potential reclamation projects on the starting pitching market. I didn’t include players who had option years, since it wasn’t known at the time whether those options would be executed or not. Several of those decisions were made this weekend, providing two more potential reclamation projects on the open market. The first guy who caught my attention was Brandon Morrow. The Blue Jays...

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