Updated Value of a Win & How It Relates to Andrew McCutchen

A recent piece on Fangraphs re-establishes the value of the cost per win on the free agent market. How does this affect the decision by the Pirates this past off-season and going forward with Andrew McCutchen?

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Pirates Acquire Burnett from Yankees, pending approval

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates and the New York Yankees have agreed upon a deal sending right-hander A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh, pending a physical and approval from the¬†commissioner, Dejan Kovacevic reports.¬† Under the terms of the deal, the Yankees will be paying $20 M of the $33M remaining on Burnett’s contract over the next two years. The Pirates will pay $5 M of Burnett’s salary for the 2012 season, $8 M for 2013. In...

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Pirates and Yankees in Agreement on Burnett

I feel like I’ve typed this before, but we may be at the end of the A.J. Burnett saga. Buster Olney reports on Twitter that the New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates hope to take a deal to the commissioner today for approval. Whenever a deal involves more than $1 M in money changing hands the commissioner has to sign off on it. The recent reports have the Yankees sending about $20 M to the Pirates, which is well over the...

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A.J. Burnett Rumors: Thursday

It was a little over a week ago that we first started hearing talk of a possible A.J. Burnett trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The talks have moved slowly since then, but might be reaching a conclusion. Jon Heyman tweets that there is a lot of optimism for a Burnett deal to the Pirates, and says that the Yankees will pay $20 M. Yesterday I reported that the Pirates were willing to go to $12-14 M, and that they’d rather give up...

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A.J. Burnett Rumors: Wednesday

Kicking off today’s A.J. Burnett watch with an update of my own. Last night I wrote in my blog that the Pittsburgh Pirates shouldn’t cave to the New York Yankees, and instead should wait them out, hoping the Yankees budge on their demand to get more money or more prospects. My feeling was that it doesn’t make sense for the Pirates to rush to take a deal on Tuesday, paying $13 M to get the deal done early....

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