• Derrek Lee is the Best First Baseman “Available”

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  • Why Aren’t the Pirates Keeping Paul Maholm?

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  • Pirates Set to Downgrade 90-Loss Team

    The Pirates in 2011 improved from 105 losses to 90, certainly a significant step forward even though they remain a bad team.  With the playoffs still underway, however, they’ve made it clear that they intend to move quickly backward toward another 100-odd losses in 2012.  It’s long been known that they don’t...

  • Why I Hate Moneyball

    Coming in to the 2011 season, Major League Baseball had 9 teams with an Opening Day payroll that was greater than $110 M.  Aside from that fact, those teams all share one thing in common: they have all seen the end to their 2011 seasons. The league championship series matchups will see...

  • One Year Ago: Morton Deserves Another Shot

    One year ago today, Pittsburgh Pirates right handed pitcher Charlie Morton was coming off a disaster of a season.  In 79.2 innings he posted a 7.57 ERA, spanning 17 starts.  Despite the poor numbers, I wrote about how Morton deserved another shot.  I looked at Morton’s 2009 season (good results, minus the...

  • Pirates Have Money to Spend This Off-Season

    Earlier today I posted the early look at the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-man roster and payroll.  The current estimates, which are far from complete, show that the Pirates are around $30 M, based on the projected decisions with option years, arbitration decisions, and non-tender candidates.  The question is, how much do the...

  • 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster and Payroll

    NOTES: All salaries in bold are official All ages are as of the start of the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates season Players in the minor leagues make $32,500 in their first year on the 40-man roster, $67,300 in their second year, and $97,500 in their third year. Any player with major league service...

  • 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Estimated Year End Payroll

    The Pittsburgh Pirates finished the 2011 season with an estimated 40-man payroll of $53,441,206, according to Pirates Prospects calculations.  The estimate is based on all announced salaries, estimated salaries, pro-rated salaries based on how much time players spent in the majors and minors, performance bonuses, signing bonuses, and any other contract details...

  • 2011-12 Pirates Prospects Off-Season Calendar

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  • What Went Right in 2011

    The 2011 campaign is over and the Pirates have another losing season in the books.  That’s . . . how many in a row?  I dunno, some really large number.  It’s like having ants at your picnic and wondering exactly how many there are.  At least this year was a little different,...