Pirates to Decline Options For Doumit and Snyder

Jenifer Langosch reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates expect to decline the options of Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, with both decisions due five days after the end of the World Series.  Neither decision is much of a surprise.  Both catchers have missed a lot of time with injuries, and both catchers come with high priced options when you consider their production.  Doumit’s option would essentially be a two year contract at $15.5...

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2012 Free Agent Options: Starting Pitching

For Pittsburgh Pirates fans, the 2012 free agent market for starting pitchers will be simple: compare everyone to Paul Maholm.  The Pirates made it clear that they wouldn’t be bringing Maholm back in 2012, despite having a $9.75 M option for him to return.  With the starting rotation looking like it needs one spot, the Pirates will either need to re-sign Maholm on the open market, or add someone similar to Maholm in order for...

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Rosenthal on the CBA Negotiations

The off-season focus is generally on player moves, designed to give each team a better chance to compete in future years.  This off-season we not only have the player moves to focus on, but we also have the Collective Bargaining Agreement discussions between Major League Baseball and the Player’s Union.  Ken Rosenthal has an update on the CBA negotiations, which can be found at Fox Sports.  The big items that impact the Pirates:...

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How Free Agent Compensation Works

There have been a lot of questions in the past few days about free agent compensation and offering arbitration to pending free agents.  The process isn’t one we’ve had to cover in Pittsburgh for quite some time.  That’s mostly because the Pirates haven’t seen many ranked free agents in recent years.  Most of the candidates have been traded away prior to reaching free agency.  The last time the Pirates saw a...

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Derrek Lee is the Best First Baseman “Available”

In looking at the numbers for the upcoming first basemen, one thing stood out to me: Derrek Lee is good. That’s kind of obvious if you watched what Lee did in his limited time with the Pittsburgh Pirates this year.  Lee only had 101 at-bats, but hit for a .337/.398/.584 line with seven homers.  But when comparing him to the rest of the free agents, Lee looks like the best option that is “available” to the Pirates. I...

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Why Aren’t the Pirates Keeping Paul Maholm?

It seems that every year there is a big story in the off-season that always leads to the same result.  The Pittsburgh Pirates make a move, the move is unfavorable to the fan base, and the immediate reaction is to speculate on what this means for the remainder of the off-season.  Usually the thought is “the Pirates will do nothing, and will go in to the following season with what they have”.  In the past, history has shown...

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