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 later than five days after the end of the World Series, getting their rosters down to 40-men.  The deadline this year...

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Should the Pirates Buy Out Ronny Cedeno?

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 Pirates. Two weeks ago I looked at the shortstop options on the market, and compared them to Cedeno.  The shortstop market is strong this year, although it is led by guys such as...

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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 the issue is “really critical” to him.  However, the players union is against the idea of limiting bonuses for...

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Lobbying For the Wrong Move to Be Made

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 27 teams that are waiting for the off-season to begin, this means that we will start to see the first off-season moves being made no later than a week from today. We know about the moves that the Pirates plan to...

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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 that the Yankees could dangle Austin Romine, although they prefer him at AAA as a Plan B to Montero. The guy that Sherman...

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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 matches for Jackson. Dierkes noted Jackson’s inconsistent play over the last few years, and how he’s moved...

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