Pirates Might Not Get Any Draft Compensation

Yesterday we heard from Buster Olney that the Collective Bargaining Agreement discussions were close, and that there were expected changes to limit draft bonuses and reduce the number of compensation picks.  Joel Sherman of the NY Post talked to some executives who have been briefed on the negotiations, and what he found doesn’t look good for the Pirates. Sherman reports that there is a strong possibility that Type B...

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What is Alex Presley’s Trade Value?

When talking about the outfield depth that the Pittsburgh Pirates have, a lot of assumptions are made.  In the minors we assume that Starling Marte and Robbie Grossman will both arrive in the next year or two, while meeting their expectations.  Or, more conservatively, we expect just one of them to pan out.  In the majors we expect an outfield of Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, and Alex Presley to hold down the fort with good...

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Pirates Inquired on Willingham, Kouzmanoff

Jenifer Langosch reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have inquired on free agents Josh Willingham and Kevin Kouzmanoff this off-season, although Langosch mentions that neither player is likely for the Pirates.  The Pirates are looking for backup options in the outfield and at third base, and Kouzmanoff and Willingham are looking for regular starting time. Neal Huntington talked previously about the need for a contingency plan if Pedro...

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Joel Hanrahan’s Trade Value

Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun (via MLBTR) had an update yesterday on the Toronto Blue Jays’ pursuit of a closer.  Elliot says that the Blue Jays have been “shocked” by the asking prices of free agent closers this off-season.  Alex Anthopoulos said that the club’s greatest surplus was prospects, which Elliot took to mean that trading for a closer would be Toronto’s best option. We saw Jonathan Papelbon...

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Potential Draft Bonus and Compensation Changes

Buster Olney provided several updates on the possible changes that could take place under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which Olney reports is “on the ten-yard line”. -The big issue has been the owners’ demands for hard slotting.  One solution involves bonuses for the top ten rounds.  Teams would have a ceiling based on the slot prices for the first ten rounds of the draft. This wouldn’t restrict a...

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MLB Close to New CBA

Ken Rosenthal reports that Major League Baseball and the player’s union are close to a deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, with the two sides reaching a near-agreement on draft related issues, which have been the biggest hurdle so far. Rosenthal mentions that a deal might come today or tomorrow, although he adds that there are still some other issues which could push the deal to later in the week.  Either way, it...

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