CBA Updates: Hard Slotting and Type A Compensation

Jayson Stark has some updates on the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement talks between the owners and the union.  The topics that are relevant to the Pittsburgh Pirates: -The owners, led by Bud Selig, are still demanding hard slotting in the draft.  The union is holding firm in resisting that.  I’ve written before that hard slotting is bad for the Pirates.  All you need to do is look at how they’ve approached the draft...

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Trade Target – All of the A’s, apparently

Today on Major League Baseball Trade Rumors (MLBTR), there was a piece about how the Oakland A’s are willing to listen to offers on any of their players. Is there a chance that the Pirates can benefit from this event?

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Pirates Watched Jamie Moyer Pitch

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the teams that have sent scouts to watch soon-to-be 49 year old left hander Jamie Moyer pitch.  Moyer is recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in 2010, and which cost him the entire 2011 season.  Rosenthal quoted scouts who said that Moyer looked just as good as he always has.  The speculation was that he would probably fit best on a West Coast team. I...

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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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