• Should the Pirates Buy Out Ronny Cedeno?

    Should the Pirates buy out Ronny Cedeno's option? MLB Trade Rumors has been releasing their 2012 Free Agent and Trade Market reviews, and looked at the shortstop position in their most recent update.  Among the updates, they listed Ronny Cedeno as a guy who could have his option declined by the Pittsburgh...

  • Draft Bonuses Still an Issue With the CBA

    There is just one major issue remaining before the Major League Baseball owners and the players union agree to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and that issue is draft bonuses, according to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press.  Bud Selig has been pushing for a hard slotting system, and has said that...

  • Lobbying For the Wrong Move to Be Made

    A week from today, Maholm will most likely be a free agent. The Texas Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the World Series last night, and could potentially win it all on Wednesday.  If they lose, that means the series will be decided on Thursday.  For the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the other...

  • Pirates Prioritizing Finding a Catcher, Yankees a Match

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have prioritized finding a catcher this off-season, and speculates that the New York Yankees could be a match.  Sherman mentions that the Yankees are expected to keep Russell Martin, and that Jesus Montero will be his primary backup.  He says...

  • Edwin Jackson a Possibility for the Pirates?

    Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors looked at Edwin Jackson's upcoming free agency, following his poor start in the World Series last night.  Dierkes speculated that the Yankees and Red Sox won't be suitors for Jackson in the off-season, and listed the Pittsburgh Pirates as one of the teams that could be...

  • Pirates to Decline Options For Doumit and Snyder

    Jenifer Langosch reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates expect to decline the options of Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, with both decisions due five days after the end of the World Series.  Neither decision is much of a surprise.  Both catchers have missed a lot of time with injuries, and both catchers come...

  • 2012 Free Agent Options: Starting Pitching

    For Pittsburgh Pirates fans, the 2012 free agent market for starting pitchers will be simple: compare everyone to Paul Maholm.  The Pirates made it clear that they wouldn't be bringing Maholm back in 2012, despite having a $9.75 M option for him to return.  With the starting rotation looking like it needs...

  • Rosenthal on the CBA Negotiations

    The off-season focus is generally on player moves, designed to give each team a better chance to compete in future years.  This off-season we not only have the player moves to focus on, but we also have the Collective Bargaining Agreement discussions between Major League Baseball and the Player's Union.  Ken Rosenthal...

  • How Free Agent Compensation Works

    There have been a lot of questions in the past few days about free agent compensation and offering arbitration to pending free agents.  The process isn't one we've had to cover in Pittsburgh for quite some time.  That's mostly because the Pirates haven't seen many ranked free agents in recent years.  Most...

  • Derrek Lee is the Best First Baseman “Available”

    Derrek Lee is the best first baseman on the market this year outside of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. In looking at the numbers for the upcoming first basemen, one thing stood out to me: Derrek Lee is good. That's kind of obvious if you watched what Lee did in his limited...

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