Tyler Yates elects free agency

The Pittsburgh Pirates removed Tyler Yates from the 40-man roster today, with Yates electing free agency rather than being designated for assignment. Yates had Tommy John surgery in July, and will likely miss most of the 2010 season due to the recovery process. Yates was on the 60-day DL, do he didn’t count towards the 40-man roster, which currently has 38 members. The Pirates plan to offer Yates a minor league contract in 2010,...

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster and Payroll

Shaded players are currently on the 60-day DL, and don’t count towards the 40-man roster, although their salary does count. NOTES: All salaries in bold are official. All ages are as of the start of the 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates season. Players in the minor leagues make $32,500 in their first year on the 40-man roster, $65,000 in their second year, and $97,500 in their third year. Any player with major league service time makes at...

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Final 2009 40-Man Payroll

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up their 2009 season today, and with the completion of their year, I have the estimated 2009 40-man payroll. Any salaries below that are not in bold font are the salaries I did not know. The main guys are Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, and other players who were not on the 40-man roster to start the season. I just used the league minimum of $400 K for these players. The Pirates’ ended up spending...

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Response to the Murray Chass article

The article written by Murray Chass has been floating around the past few days on various sites, receiving mixed reviews. Some Pirates fans, who don’t like the direction the Pirates are going, see the article as validation of their complaints. Other Pirates fans, and some outlets who are neutral (MLB Trade Rumors), have disagreed with the contents of the article. Count me in with the latter. It’s not that I am saying...

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Pirates Promote Five

The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted five players following the final game of Indianapolis’ season today. Those players are Robinzon Diaz, Brian Bixler, Jeff Karstens, Donald Veal, and Eric Hacker. Diaz and Bixler had both been up at times this year, and both will return as utility players. An interesting note on Diaz: he has been playing as a utility player since going back down to AAA on July 10th. Diaz played games at first base,...

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