2012 Pittsburgh Pirates Arbitration Eligible Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2011-12 off-season with ten players eligible for arbitration, including five players who are first time eligible.  The decisions to be made are interesting. 2011 breakout players Jeff Karstens and Charlie Morton will both be eligible for arbitration.  All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan will be eligible for his second year, and could see a significant raise.  Four other members of the bullpen will also be...

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Should the Pirates Trade Pedro Alvarez?

  Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported today that the Colorado Rockies will be searching for a new third baseman in 2012, and will be casting a wide net.  Renck mentions Pedro Alvarez in his list of the intriguing, and mentions that the team inquired on him in trade talks for Ian Stewart at the trade deadline, but received no interest. Alvarez is coming off a horrible year in 2011.  He had a .191/.272/.289 line in 235 at-bats...

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2011-12 Pirates Prospects Off-Season Calendar

Keep track of all of the important off-season dates with the calendar below.  Dates include all MLB off-season dates, all dates specific to the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as important dates for Pirates Prospects.  Information will be added throughout the 2011-12 off-season, leading in to the 2012 regular season. Click on the events to expand for more...

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Huntington to Get Three Year Extension?

We’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately about a Neal Huntington extension that is in the works.  Jon Heyman reported the other day that the Pirates intended to extend their General Manager.  Today, Dejan Kovacevic reports that the extension, once signed, will be for three years. The extension really isn’t a surprise.  The major league team has taken a step forward this year, currently on pace for 74-75 wins.  We’ve...

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Heyman: Pirates Intend to Extend Huntington

In Jon Heyman’s latest article at SI.com, he mentions that the Pittsburgh Pirates intend to extend Neal Huntington after the season.  Heyman mentions that the only reason it hasn’t happened yet is that the team wanted to wait until after the trade deadline and the amateur signing period to pass. The Pirates are five losses away from another losing season, but this year has been a move in the right direction.  The current...

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Jeff Locke and Jared Hughes to be Called Up?

The 2011 Indianapolis Indians season ended today, which means we will see a lot of call-ups tomorrow.  Two of those call-ups appear to be Jeff Locke and Jared Hughes, per a tweet from Daniel Moskos. Locke has made four starts for the Indianapolis Indians, with a 1.93 ERA in 23.1 innings, along with a 19:7 K/BB ratio.  Earlier in the year he put up a 4.03 ERA in 125 innings at the AA level, with a 114:46 K/BB ratio. Hughes has been...

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