Huntington Says Pirates Can’t Afford Burnett at $14 M
Nov08

Huntington Says Pirates Can’t Afford Burnett at $14 M

David Todd of ESPN 970 had Neal Huntington on his show this afternoon, discussing why the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t tender A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer. The podcast might eventually go up on David’s page, but for now here is his summary of the Burnett conversation. #Pirates Huntington on not giving AJ Burnett a qualifying offer: “$14M in one player was a bit steep for us." — David Todd (@DTonPirates) November...

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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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