CBA Updates: Progress Made

Major League Baseball didn’t see a new Collective Bargaining Agreement announced today, although there have been a few reports of progress that was made today: -Ken Rosenthal said that significant progress was made in the CBA talks today. -Buster Olney reported that the owners and the union were looking at solutions for Type A free agency.  Olney mentioned two solutions: 1. Instead of the new team giving the old team a draft...

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The Ideal Off-Season

Yesterday I ran a poll asking for you to vote on your ideal off-season at the four big areas of need: catcher, first base, shortstop, and starting pitcher.  The vote was meant to look at realistic options that are available to the Pittsburgh Pirates, rather than some of the options they have no shot at landing, such as Albert Pujols or Jose Reyes. My ideal additions for each position would be Ramon Hernandez, Derrek Lee, Clint Barmes,...

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Pirates Are Suitors for Yoenis Cespedes

Earlier today a scouting video was released of top Cuban prospect Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to be declared a free agent in the next few weeks.  The video has since been removed, but was a pretty impressive display of Cespedes’ abilities.  On top of that, the video was somewhat entertaining, with some odd footage, including a Star Wars styled intro, and Cespedes roasting a pig at the end. Cespedes is a 26 year old center...

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Gio Gonzalez Would Cost Too Much

Throughout the 2011 season I took a look at trade values for various players, looking both at the internal options that the Pittsburgh Pirates had to trade, and the external options that they could pursue.  With all of the talk about Gio Gonzalez being available by the Oakland Athletics, I figured I would revisit the series and see what the trade value would be for the left hander. NOTE: The purpose is to see the values of these...

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Pirates Expected To Pursue Clint Barmes

Troy Renck of the Denver Post has an article up looking at a lot of Colorado Rockies off-season notes, but in his footnotes has a mention about the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Renck expects the Pirates to pursue Clint Barmes, who played with Colorado from 2003-2010, with most of those years being under Clint Hurdle. In my review of the shortstop free agent market, I noted that Barmes was one of the best options available for the Pirates,...

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CBA Updates: Hard Slotting and Type A Compensation

Jayson Stark has some updates on the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement talks between the owners and the union.  The topics that are relevant to the Pittsburgh Pirates: -The owners, led by Bud Selig, are still demanding hard slotting in the draft.  The union is holding firm in resisting that.  I’ve written before that hard slotting is bad for the Pirates.  All you need to do is look at how they’ve approached the draft...

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