Scott Olsen Contract Details

Jerry Crasnick reports that Scott Olsen has accepted his deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and will make $500,000 in 2011, with the chance to earn up to $3 M in performance bonuses based on starts.  Crasnick also adds that the deal includes a $4 M club option for the 2012 season.  No word on a buyout for the option, although we heard the deal was for $1 M, so it’s possible that the buyout could be $500 K. The main thing I...

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Pirates Select Josh Rodriguez in the Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected shortstop Josh Rodriguez with the first pick in the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  We heard from Jennifer Langosch before the draft that the Pirates were likely to take Rodriguez with the first pick. Rodriguez, who turns 26 in about a week, hit for a .293/.372/.486 line in 317 at-bats in AAA this past year in the Cleveland farm system.  He played most of his games at shortstop, and also played second base....

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Pirates Sign Matt Diaz to a 2 Year Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to sign outfielder Matt Diaz to a two year deal, according to Ken Rosenthal.  Diaz was non-tendered last week by the Atlanta Braves, and we heard shortly after that the Pirates were looking at him as a corner outfield option. Diaz essentially replaces Lastings Milledge, and the two are very similar.  Consider the following: -Diaz has a career .335/.373/.533 line against left handers.  Milledge has a...

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Pirates Agree to 2 Year Deal With Correia

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a two year deal with Kevin Correia for around $8 M, according to Jerry Crasnick.  We heard earlier today that the Pirates were looking at Correia, among other pitchers.  If you’ve read any of my previous write ups on Correia, you know that I’m a fan, and expected him to be available for around $5 M a season.  Back in November I said that Correia could be one of the best values on the...

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Pirates Close to Signing Scott Olsen

The Pittsburgh Pirates are close to making their first addition of the off-season, agreeing to sign Scott Olsen to a one year, incentive laden deal, per Jennifer Langosch.  The deal is not official yet, and is contingent on Olsen passing a physical.  Dejan Kovacevic mentions that Olsen’s base salary will be in the $1 M range.  Last year, Olsen received a $1 M base salary with Washington, with a potential $2.85 M in incentives....

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Recapping the Non-Tender Deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered four players and re-signed two arbitration eligible players prior to the non-tender deadline.  The Pirates re-signed Ronny Cedeno to a one year, $2 M deal with an option for the 2012 season, and re-signed Jeff Karstens to a one year, $1.1 M deal.  Joel Hanrahan and Ross Ohlendorf also received tender offers, although no deal is in place for either player yet.  The Pirates also non-tendered four...

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