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 year’s list has been released, and the predictions by Tim Dierkes suggest a busy off-season for the Pittsburgh...

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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.  In order to do so, they’d have to offer arbitration, and then the players would have to decline and sign elsewhere. The...

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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 K buyout, and played strong defense this year. By declining the options, the Pirates enter the off-season looking for help at...

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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 K to buy out each player. The Pirates have until 12:01 AM Thursday to negotiate new deals with each player before...

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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 that the club will pick up the options for catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, or left handed pitcher Paul Maholm.  Ronny Cedeno, on...

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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 free agent to file on this date. The Pirates have five days to exclusively negotiate with Lee and Ludwick.  At 12:01 AM on Thursday...

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