• 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...

  • Why Aren’t the Pirates Keeping Paul Maholm?

    It seems that every year there is a big story in the off-season that always leads to the same result.  The Pittsburgh Pirates make a move, the move is unfavorable to the fan base, and the immediate reaction is to speculate on what this means for the remainder of the off-season.  Usually...

  • 2012 Free Agent Options: Shortstop

    Should the Pirates pick up Cedeno's option, or search for an upgrade via free agency? Heading in to the off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates will have an interesting decision to make at the shortstop position.  They have an option for $3 M on Ronny Cedeno, who had a good year in 2011, highlighted...

  • 2012 Free Agent Options: Catcher

    The Pirates have an option on Doumit, and need a starting catcher for the 2012 season. Earlier today I reviewed the 2011 catching position for the Pittsburgh Pirates, with a look towards the 2012 season.  The Pirates will enter the off-season looking for a starting catcher, as they currently have no one...

  • 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates Arbitration Eligible Players

    The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2011-12 off-season with ten players eligible for arbitration, including five players who are first time eligible.  The decisions to be made are interesting. 2011 breakout players Jeff Karstens and Charlie Morton will both be eligible for arbitration.  All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan will be eligible for his second...

  • Should the Pirates Trade Pedro Alvarez?

      The Rockies could be looking at Pedro Alvarez. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported today that the Colorado Rockies will be searching for a new third baseman in 2012, and will be casting a wide net.  Renck mentions Pedro Alvarez in his list of the intriguing, and mentions that the...

  • 2011-12 Pirates Prospects Off-Season Calendar

    Keep track of all of the important off-season dates with the calendar below.  Dates include all MLB off-season dates, all dates specific to the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as important dates for Pirates Prospects.  Information will be added throughout the 2011-12 off-season, leading in to the 2012 regular season. Click on the...

  • Huntington to Get Three Year Extension?

    We've been hearing a lot of talk lately about a Neal Huntington extension that is in the works.  Jon Heyman reported the other day that the Pirates intended to extend their General Manager.  Today, Dejan Kovacevic reports that the extension, once signed, will be for three years. The extension really isn't a...

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