Matt Bandi

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    Crosby a poor signing for Pirates

    The Pirates are expected to sign Bobby Crosby today to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, as management wanted someone to compete with Ronny Cedeno at the shortstop position. This is a pretty foolish signing if you ask me. Crosby is essentially a replacement level player at this point. Cedeno is not...

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    Pirates should acquire a player with a burdensome contract

    We are now in the second day of the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis, and the majority of Pirates-related news has been predictable. Managemetn is not actively shopping players such as Matt Capps, Ryan Doumit, Paul Maholm or Zach Duke, but they are willing to listen to any offers. Nothing groundbreaking there. However,...

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    Graphical Player 2010

    Graphical Player 2010, published by Heater Magazine editor John Burnson, is now available through Acta Sports. It is a must-have for fantasy baseball players and all other fans of the game. This is the second year in which I have contributed to the book as the Pirates team expert. Click here for...

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    Agent: Huntington concerned with public perception

    Dejan produced the following quote from an MLB agent this morning: My info is that Huntington and Co. are very concerned about public perception and season tickets. That made me nervous for a brief moment, as the last thing Huntington needs to do is worry about the fans' perception. His best...

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    Coonelly talks finances with Post-Gazette

    In an attempt to dispute recent claims that teams like the Pirates are pocketing excessive profits, Frank Coonelly sat down with the Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic to discuss some numbers. The Pirates have made less than $11 million in profit over the past two years, and all of that was channeled back into...

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    Regarding an MLB salary floor

    This is several days old, but I wanted to highlight a quote from new MLB Player Union Chief Mike Weiner. One, we really do believe in markets. Obviously, there are some restrictions on markets in our collective bargaining agreement. But our thought has been that, if a club legitimately trying to compete...

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    Digging through the bargain bin

    I was paying little attention to the internet the past few days, but apparently the Pirates contacted every middling free agent they could find. Let’s see if any could be relatively useful. Disclaimer: For most of these players, I would be fine with a minor league deal. For our purposes, I am...

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    More former Pirate news

    Just in case anyone was still wondering if the Pirates should/could have signed Jason Bay to a long-term deal, as opposed to trading him. Via SI.com: Star free agent outfielder Jason Bay has declined Boston's initial contract offer and will head to full free agency, SI.com has learned. Boston's offer to Bay...

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    The value of a reliever

    The Cubs are expected to sign John Grabow to a two-year deal worth about $7.5 million today. If you want to learn why this is a poor move by the Cubs, check out Dave Cameron’s article over at FanGraphs. Personally, I thought this might be a good time to point out how...

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    What can the Pirates expect in exchange for Ryan Doumit?

    I only have a few minutes on my lunch break, but I wanted to briefly touch on the Ryan Doumit trade rumor. I advocated trading Doumit last offseason, as I was not convinced that he would be able to duplicate his 2008 performance. With the improved major league capable catching depth and...

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