Could the Pirates Have a $100 M Payroll in 2014?
Oct13

Could the Pirates Have a $100 M Payroll in 2014?

Today I finished putting together the 2014 40-man payroll page, which will be updated throughout the off-season, and in to the regular season. Bookmark that link, as I’ll be updating the chart after every move throughout the off-season. The chart provides an estimate  of the year-end 2014 payroll, which will definitely change throughout the off-season. Right now the estimate is made up of three things. First we have the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013-14 Off-Season Contract Situations
Oct13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013-14 Off-Season Contract Situations

The MLB off-season is full of potential moves, whether those moves are free agency, option years, arbitration eligible players, or non-tender candidates. Earlier this week I looked at some of the bigger moves that were in store for the Pirates this off-season. Below is a list of players who are eligible for off-season transactions, along with some important dates for those transactions. Pending Free Agents 5th Day After the World...

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Winter League Recap: Gregory Polanco Will Play Winter Ball in Dominican
Oct13

Winter League Recap: Gregory Polanco Will Play Winter Ball in Dominican

In Winter League action from Saturday night, three Pittsburgh Pirates minor leaguers got into action, two in the Venezuelan League and one in Mexico. We also have news of two other players that will be playing Winter ball in the Dominican. In Venezuela, Jose Osuna got his first AB last night after appearing as a defensive replacement in his first game. Osuna grounded out as a pinch hitter in the eighth, then finished the game on...

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The Pirates Won’t Have Problems Attracting Free Agents
Oct11

The Pirates Won’t Have Problems Attracting Free Agents

We’re about a month away from the time when Major League Baseball players are first eligible for free agency. We’re about two months away from the time when those players actually start to sign with teams. So it’s early in the process. But it’s not too early to get a feel for how free agency could play out for the Pirates. I’m not talking about specific players. I’m not talking about specific...

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First Pitch: Pirates Need to Stay The Course
Oct11

First Pitch: Pirates Need to Stay The Course

David Price will be a big name on the trade market this off-season. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game, and has two years remaining. If you want the comfort of two years of an established major league pitcher, you can’t do much worse than him. The Pirates certainly could use a top pitcher like Price. But it will cost you. It will cost a lot in prospects, like starting with Gregory Polanco. Although you can trade...

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Gerrit Cole Was the Number Three Prospect in the International League
Oct10

Gerrit Cole Was the Number Three Prospect in the International League

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2013 International League today. Gerrit Cole was the only Pirates prospect on the list, and was ranked third. Cole finished behind Xander Bogaerts and Wil Myers. Cole and Myers no longer have prospect eligibility, but the Triple-A rankings only consider guys that came into the season with prospect eligibility. We’ve already seen what Cole can do in the majors, so going...

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