2010-2011 Off Season Primer

With the World Series coming to an end tonight, the 2010/2011 off-season officially begins tomorrow.  You can check out all of the important off-season dates on the Off-Season Calendar.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics: 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list by Sunday, getting their rosters down to 40-men.  The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have four players on the 60-day...

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Ross Ohlendorf Will Be Super Two Eligible

MLB Trade Rumors discovered today that the Super Two cutoff after the season will likely be at 2 years, 124 days, which is the lowest the cutoff has been in years.  Following the 2009 season, the Super Two cutoff was 2 years, 139 days. Players who have more than two years of service time, but less than three years are eligible for an extra year of arbitration, as long as they are in the top 17% of service time of the players...

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Pirates and Zach Duke agree to $4.3 M contract

UPDATE 9:32 PM: According to Dejan Kovacevic, Duke will make $4.3 M in 2010.  The 2010 40-man roster/payroll page has been updated.  It’s not a good estimate, as it accounts for Brendan Donnelly, Ryan Church, and Brandon Jones.  Since we don’t know which player of Donnelly and Church isn’t official yet, I didn’t want to remove one or the other.  Once a move is made to clear space, the 2010...

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What is Zach Duke worth?

The deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration numbers is today, Tuesday January 19th, at noon.  The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with three players eligible for arbitration.  They signed Ronny Cedeno to a $1,125,000 deal, and non-tendered Matt Capps, which leaves Zach Duke as the only player who has yet to reach an agreement.  If a deal is not reached by noon today, Duke and the Pirates must...

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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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