Opening Day Payroll Projection

The 2010 40-man roster payroll projection for the opening day roster is now complete.  Thanks to USA Today for the salaries of the league minimum players.  The Pirates are currently projected for a $37,276,750 payroll in 2010.  That number includes the players on the 40-man roster who are not on the 25-man roster, plus the $2 M owed to Ramon Vazquez. Bobby Crosby, Javier Lopez, Brendan Donnelly, Ryan Church, Zach Duke,...

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Pirates make final cuts, roster set

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their final cuts and have set their opening day roster, according to Dejan Kovacevic at the PPG.  Steve Pearce was optioned to AAA, while Ramon Vazquez was designated for assignment. The 25-man roster is now set, with D.J. Carrasco, Jack Taschner, Hayden Penn, and John Raynor officially making the team.  The Pirates had to purchase the contracts of Carrasco and Taschner, adding them to the...

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Pirates designate Steven Jackson for assignment

To make room for Ryan Church, the Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right handed pitcher Steven Jackson for assignment.  The 40-man roster is currently at 40 after these moves and the addition of Brandon Jones earlier today.  Another spot still needs to be cleared to make room for an Octavio Dotel signing, although a trade might be in the works to create that spot. The 2010 40-Man roster/payroll page is updated with this...

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Pirates claim Brandon Jones off of waivers

UPDATE 4:46 PM: Kind of a vague comment by Rob Biertempfel on Twitter suggesting that Pirates fans shouldn’t get too attached to Jones.  The Pirates had the second waiver claim, which means only the Nationals had a chance to claim him.  Jones probably has some trade value, and I’d imagine someone from the 28 remaining teams would be interested.  Is this a claim and trade move by the Pirates?  Or am I...

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Pirates sign Javier Lopez

UPDATE 6:16 PM: According to Dejan Kovacevic, Lopez will make $775 K guaranteed, with an additional $550 K in performance bonuses, based on appearances.  If he reaches all of his performance bonuses, he will end up making $25 K less than he made in 2009.  The Off-Season Tracker, 2010 40-Man Roster/Payroll Projection, and 2010 25-Man Roster Projection pages are all updated.  Also, I mentioned this below, but you’ll...

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