• Internal Options For the 2012 Season

    Following the announcements yesterday that the Pittsburgh Pirates had turned down all four player options, Pirates fans began to panic.  The panic was the same thing we see at the beginning of every off-season: the worry that the Pirates wouldn't add anyone over the next five months, and would enter the 2012...

  • MLBTR Predicts a Busy Off-Season For Pirates

    Every year, MLB Trade Rumors releases their top 50 free agents, along with predictions on which player will sign with which team.  The predictions are what they are: one person's guess on how the off-season will play out.  They're far from perfect, but they do provide a nice topic for discussion.  This...

  • Official Elias Rankings Released

    The official Elias rankings have been released, and as expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates have four players who qualify as Type B free agents.  The four players are Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, Derrek Lee, and Ryan Ludwick. The Pirates can get a first round compensation pick for each player in the 2012 draft....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 2011-2012 Off Season Primer

    With the World Series coming to an end tonight, the 2011/2012 off-season officially begins tomorrow.  You can check out all of the important off-season dates on the Off-Season Calendar.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics: 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no...

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