First Pitch: A.J. Burnett and the Rising Cost of Pitchers
Nov08

First Pitch: A.J. Burnett and the Rising Cost of Pitchers

Earlier this week the Pittsburgh Pirates declined to give A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer of $14.1 M. The offer would have brought Burnett back if he would have accepted it, and would have brought the Pirates a draft pick if he would have signed elsewhere. There have been some predictions saying that Burnett would only cost $12-13 M. Burnett has said he will either retire to play for the Pirates. So even without the qualifying offer,...

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More Free Agency Rankings and Salary Predictions
Nov05

More Free Agency Rankings and Salary Predictions

If you’ve missed the previous free agent rankings and predictions, check out these articles: **Keith Law Releases His Top 50 Free Agents **MLBTR Projects Burnett and Byrd Will Return to the Pirates Today there are three more lists that came out, with some predictions on where players will go, and some salary predictions. Below are the newest lists. Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports Passan’s list is a basic ranking, but it includes...

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Keith Law Releases His Top 50 Free Agents
Nov05

Keith Law Releases His Top 50 Free Agents

Keith Law released his top 50 free agents last night, giving another look at how the players stack up this off-season. MLBTR released their ranking Sunday night, along with predictions. Law didn’t have predictions on where the players would go, but did have a few predictions on what players could land on the open market. Below are some thoughts on Law’s rankings. 10. A.J. Burnett – Law says that his recent track...

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Pirates Don’t Issue a Qualifying Offer For A.J. Burnett
Nov04

Pirates Don’t Issue a Qualifying Offer For A.J. Burnett

The Pittsburgh Pirates won’t extended a qualifying offer to free agent A.J. Burnett, per Jon Heyman. appears no qualifying offer for burnett or morneau from #pirates. $14.1M is a lot for small/mid markets — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 4, 2013 A qualifying offer is a one-year, $14.1 M deal, and if the player rejects it and signs elsewhere, the former team would get a compensation pick.¬†Burnett has been deciding...

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MLBTR Projects Burnett and Byrd Will Return to the Pirates
Nov03

MLBTR Projects Burnett and Byrd Will Return to the Pirates

MLBTR released their 2014 top 50 free agents, complete with predictions on where each player will go. The rankings are the key thing here, showing how MLBTR stacks all of the players up against each other. The predictions are just fun, and don’t have a good track record for the Pirates. For example, last year the predictions had the Pirates signing Jeremy Guthrie, with Jason Grilli going to Milwaukee, Francisco Liriano going to...

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