Non-Tender Trade Candidate – Chris Volstad

Continuing on with the series of posts related to trade targets from the potential non-tendered player pool, my search has led me to look at starting pitching. Chris Volstad from the Miami Marlins could be a target to acquire.

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The Quiet Start to Free Agency

Free agency in Major League Baseball officially started on Sunday.  Tonight at 12:01 AM players were able to negotiate with other teams for the first time.  In leagues such as the NFL or the NHL you usually see a flurry of moves when free agency begins.  That’s not the case with baseball. Despite the “official” launch to free agency taking place today, we probably won’t see things really heat up until a month...

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Pirates Projected Arbitration Salaries

In my projection of the 40-man roster I’ve included estimates for each of the arbitration eligible players, in order to try and get the estimated 2012 payroll.  My method for estimating salaries is simple.  I’ll look at the numbers that the players put up, look at comparable players, and go with the salaries for those players.  For example, Joel Hanrahan compares very closely to Heath Bell.  So in my projection I looked at...

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Non-Tender Trade Candidate — Mike Aviles

The Pirates may be able to explore the potentially non-tendered player market for additions to the 2012 major league team.

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When It Makes Sense to Give Up a Draft Pick

In 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates had the 52nd pick in the draft, picking second overall in the second round.  Heading in to the draft, not much was expected from the pick.  They ended up drafting and signing Stetson Allie, who entered the draft as a top 10-15 prospect. In 2011 the Pirates had the 61st overall pick in the draft, picking first in the second round.  Once again, not much was expected prior to the draft.  However, on draft...

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Sports Illustrated: Best Free Agent Fits For Pirates

Yesterday we saw MLB Trade Rumors list their top 50 free agents, with predictions that the Pittsburgh Pirates would sign Carlos Pena, Ramon Hernandez, and Jeff Francis.  Today, Sports Illustrated released a list of their top 50 free agents, noting the best fit for each player.  They listed two players as “best fits” for the Pirates. The first player was Ramon Hernandez, who they had ranked 39th.  They also had Rich Harden...

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