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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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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Pirates Off-Season Preview: Burnett, First Base, and the Walker Problem
Oct10

Pirates Off-Season Preview: Burnett, First Base, and the Walker Problem

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the playoffs this year, and will largely be keeping the same team together next year. When you add in the continued improvements from young players, and the expected mid-season additions of prospects like Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco, then you’ve got a team that has the potential to be strong once again next year. Because of this, there aren’t a lot of things the Pirates need to focus on...

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The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates — A Success Story
Oct09

The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates — A Success Story

Success is a subjective term. It can have many meanings, depending on what you consider “successful”. When it comes to baseball, you can use different milestones to mark success. One milestone I’ve never liked is the idea that the only successful team is the one that wins the World Series. The goal for every team is to win the World Series, and only one team can win each year. But other teams can have a successful...

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Michael Wacha’s Near-No-Hitter Sends NLDS Back to St. Louis
Oct07

Michael Wacha’s Near-No-Hitter Sends NLDS Back to St. Louis

Toss 22-year-old Michael Wacha onto a pitcher’s mound where he has to keep the Cardinals’ season from ending. Add 40,000 screaming fans who want nothing more but to see him fail, and tauntingly sing his name from the first pitch. Nervous? “I kind of like it,” Wacha said. “It kind of gives me adrenaline. I kind of use it in my favor.” St. Louis’ starter retired the first 15 Pirates hitters he...

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