2012 Free Agent Options: Shortstop

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 by a 6.8 UZR/150 on the defensive side of the game.  Cedeno definitely earned a shot to be the starter in 2012, and it wouldn’t be a bad move to pick up his option.  That’s not to say that he’s the best option...

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2012 Free Agent Options: Catcher

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 under contract for the job in 2012.  Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder both have options, although each option is far too expensive when you consider the time missed by each player due to injuries over the last few years....

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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 year, and could see a significant raise.  Four other members of the bullpen will also be...

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Should the Pirates Trade 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 team inquired on him in trade talks for Ian Stewart at the trade deadline, but received no interest. Alvarez is coming off a horrible year in 2011.  He had a .191/.272/.289 line in 235 at-bats...

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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 events to expand for more...

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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 surprise.  The major league team has taken a step forward this year, currently on pace for 74-75 wins.  We’ve...

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