• Player Option Decisions Due Today

    The deadline for decisions on player options is due by tonight at 11:59 PM EST.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have four players with club options, and so far they have yet to make an official decision on any player, although we've heard strong indications on what they plan to do.  It seems unlikely...

  • Derrek Lee, Ryan Ludwick Become Free Agents

    Free agency began at 12:01 AM EST today, and 148 players have filed for free agency, including two members of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Those members are Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick, the only two eligible players from the Pirates' roster.  Neither move is a surprise, as it is standard procedure for a...

  • CBA Updates: Draft Slotting Notes

    Two updates on the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the draft slotting talks that are holding the agreement back: -Jon Heyman tweets that MLB and the union aren't far from a new CBA deal, but draft slotting is still a snag.  Heyman mentions that Bud Selig is pushing for hard slotting, which we...

  • A Draft Luxury Tax?

    Earlier this week we heard that draft bonuses were the last major issue to be resolved in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, with Bud Selig pushing for hard slotting.  Since then we've heard that hard slotting is pretty much dead, although Buster Olney reports that the changes that are now being discussed involve...

  • 2011-2012 Off Season Primer

    With the World Series coming to an end tonight, the 2011/2012 off-season officially begins tomorrow.  You can check out all of the important off-season dates on the Off-Season Calendar.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics: 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no...

  • Should the Pirates Buy Out Ronny Cedeno?

    Should the Pirates buy out Ronny Cedeno's option? MLB Trade Rumors has been releasing their 2012 Free Agent and Trade Market reviews, and looked at the shortstop position in their most recent update.  Among the updates, they listed Ronny Cedeno as a guy who could have his option declined by the Pittsburgh...

  • Draft Bonuses Still an Issue With the CBA

    There is just one major issue remaining before the Major League Baseball owners and the players union agree to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and that issue is draft bonuses, according to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press.  Bud Selig has been pushing for a hard slotting system, and has said that...

  • Lobbying For the Wrong Move to Be Made

    A week from today, Maholm will most likely be a free agent. The Texas Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the World Series last night, and could potentially win it all on Wednesday.  If they lose, that means the series will be decided on Thursday.  For the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the other...

  • Pirates Prioritizing Finding a Catcher, Yankees a Match

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have prioritized finding a catcher this off-season, and speculates that the New York Yankees could be a match.  Sherman mentions that the Yankees are expected to keep Russell Martin, and that Jesus Montero will be his primary backup.  He says...

  • Edwin Jackson a Possibility for the Pirates?

    Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors looked at Edwin Jackson's upcoming free agency, following his poor start in the World Series last night.  Dierkes speculated that the Yankees and Red Sox won't be suitors for Jackson in the off-season, and listed the Pittsburgh Pirates as one of the teams that could be...

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