Can the Pirates afford McLouth and co. in 2012?

The biggest moves the Pirates made this off-season were the extensions of Nate McLouth, Paul Maholm, and Ryan Doumit. Each extension bought out at least one free agent year through the use of an option year. The same process was used with Ian Snell last year. A quick look at the Payroll Commitments Chart shows us that if the Pirates were to pick up the options on all four of these players, they’d be spending almost $37 M in 2012...

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