Pirates Decline All Four Club Options

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced that they’ve declined the club options for Ronny Cedeno, Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, and Paul Maholm.  We heard earlier that Maholm and Snyder would be officially declined.  The only move that comes as a surprise is Cedeno, who had a $3 M option with a $200 K buyout, and played strong defense this year. By declining the options, the Pirates enter the off-season looking for help at...

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Pirates to Officially Decline Options on Maholm and Snyder

The Pittsburgh Pirates will officially decline the options of Paul Maholm and Chris Snyder, according to Rob Biertempfel in two Twitter updates this morning (here and here).  Neither move comes as a surprise.  We’ve known for the last few weeks that the Pirates intended to decline each option.  The Pirates paid $750 K to buy out each player. The Pirates have until 12:01 AM Thursday to negotiate new deals with each player before...

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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 that the club will pick up the options for catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, or left handed pitcher Paul Maholm.  Ronny Cedeno, on...

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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 free agent to file on this date. The Pirates have five days to exclusively negotiate with Lee and Ludwick.  At 12:01 AM on Thursday...

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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 already knew.  However, he also mentions that small market teams want hard slotting. That last comment might seem strange to Pirates...

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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 a luxury tax on total draft spending. MLB has a luxury tax on total payroll, which only really affects three teams....

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