Pirates made a mistake letting Capps go

All through the week it seemed to be a given that the Pittsburgh Pirates would tender a contract to all of their arbitration eligible players.  Those players were Ronny Cedeno, who will compete for the starting shortstop position, Zach Duke, one of the top starters from 2009, and Matt Capps, their closer from the last few years. Today the Pirates made a shocking move by non-tendering Matt Capps, making Capps a free agent....

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Pirates sign Ronny Cedeno

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Ronny Cedeno for $1.125 M for the 2010 season, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Cedeno was entering his second year of arbitration, and accepted the $1.125 M to settle his arbitration price.  Cedeno made $822,500 in 2009, his first year of arbitration. Cedeno is making $125,000 more than Bobby Crosby, who the Pirates signed this week to compete with Cedeno for...

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40-Man Roster/Payroll Updates

A few updates regarding the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2010 40-Man roster/payroll projection: -According to Dejan Kovacevic, Bobby Crosby will make $1 M guaranteed in 2010, with $500 K in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.  I wonder if we’ll have another plate appearances controversy in the blogs and forums like we saw with Freddy Sanchez last year every time he was benched?  Crosby’s deal will be...

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Jeff Sues outrighted to AAA

According to Rob Biertempfel via Twitter, the Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted relief pitching prospect Jeff Sues to AAA.  Sues can be assigned to AAA if he clears waivers.  Sues had an 8.5 K/9 and a 4.2 BB/9 in 78.2 innings in AA this year, with a 4.46 ERA.  In AAA he posted a 6.00 ERA in just 12 innings, with a 9.0 K/9 and a 6.0 BB/9.  Obviously his main problem this past year was a lack of control. It’s...

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Adam Everett, Willie Eyre, Left Handed Relief, Waivers, Luis Cruz, Rule 5

A few Winter Meetings news and rumors: -Jennifer Langosch tweets that Luis Cruz was claimed off of waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.  That clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the Pirates.  The 40-man roster/payroll projection is updated with the move (I’m leaving the space as a potential Rule 5 pick for now). -Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pirates are interested in shortstop Adam Everett.  Everett is like...

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