• New Pittsburgh Pirates Future Payroll Page

    When I started this site in 2009, one of the first things I added was a chart listing the Pittsburgh Pirates payroll commitments over the upcoming years, along with a listing of how each player was acquired by the team.  For the past three seasons, I’ve been using the same chart I...

  • Joel Hanrahan’s Trade Value

    Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun (via MLBTR) had an update yesterday on the Toronto Blue Jays' pursuit of a closer.  Elliot says that the Blue Jays have been "shocked" by the asking prices of free agent closers this off-season.  Alex Anthopoulos said that the club's greatest surplus was prospects, which Elliot took to...

  • Huntington on Hanrahan, Alvarez, Marte, Cole, Cespedes

    Over the weekend, Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington participated in “Going to Bat for Vermont Farmers” – a baseball roundtable which also featured Brian Cashman, Theo Epstein, and Buster Olney.  Sox Detox was in attendance for the event, and spoke with Huntington afterwards on several key topics this off-season.  I recommend...

  • Pirates Get Their Starting Catcher in Rod Barajas

    The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first addition to the 40-man roster this off-season, signing veteran catcher Rod Barajas to a one year, $4 M deal.  The deal comes with a $3.5 M option in 2013 that has no buyout.  The move was made exactly one week after teams were eligible to negotiate...

  • The Relief Pitching Market Is Heating Back Up

    As expected, the free agent market is starting off slow, with no big deals being announced yet.  Some of that is probably due to the lack of a Collective Bargaining Agreement.  A bigger reason is something I outlined last week: free agency is traditionally slow throughout the month of November. We have...

  • Pirates Prospects on The Rumbunter Podcast

    Last week I was a guest on The Rumbunter Podcast with Cocktailsfor2 & Adam Peindl.  During the show we talked about my cats, the Chicago Cubs, and you know, all the other stuff you expect from a guy that covers the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system.  There was, of course, a lot of prospect...

  • The Pirates Can’t Trade Jose Tabata

    I’ve always believed that the best approach for small market teams is to build a farm system that constantly provides replacements for the players in the majors.  When a star player is ready to leave, the system will ideally have a guy ready to take over and provide the same production.  The...

  • When It Makes Sense to Give Up a Draft Pick

    In 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates had the 52nd pick in the draft, picking second overall in the second round.  Heading in to the draft, not much was expected from the pick.  They ended up drafting and signing Stetson Allie, who entered the draft as a top 10-15 prospect. In 2011 the Pirates...

  • Internal Options For the 2012 Season

    Following the announcements yesterday that the Pittsburgh Pirates had turned down all four player options, Pirates fans began to panic.  The panic was the same thing we see at the beginning of every off-season: the worry that the Pirates wouldn't add anyone over the next five months, and would enter the 2012...

  • MLBTR Predicts a Busy Off-Season For Pirates

    Every year, MLB Trade Rumors releases their top 50 free agents, along with predictions on which player will sign with which team.  The predictions are what they are: one person's guess on how the off-season will play out.  They're far from perfect, but they do provide a nice topic for discussion.  This...

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