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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Pirates sign Ronny Cedeno

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Ronny Cedeno for $1.125 M for the 2010 season, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Cedeno was entering his second year of arbitration, and accepted the $1.125 M to settle his arbitration price.  Cedeno made $822,500 in 2009, his first year of arbitration. Cedeno is making $125,000 more than Bobby Crosby, who the Pirates signed this week to compete with Cedeno for...

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40-Man Roster/Payroll Updates

A few updates regarding the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2010 40-Man roster/payroll projection: -According to Dejan Kovacevic, Bobby Crosby will make $1 M guaranteed in 2010, with $500 K in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.  I wonder if we’ll have another plate appearances controversy in the blogs and forums like we saw with Freddy Sanchez last year every time he was benched?  Crosby’s deal will be...

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Taking a Lesson From Tim Lincecum

A big topic this off-season will be the focus on Tim Lincecum’s first year in arbitration.  Lincecum was designated as a Super Two player, which means he replaces his third league minimum year with an extra year of arbitration, thus starting the arbitration process one year early.  That’s huge for a pitcher who won the CY Young Award in back to back years, which were his first two full seasons in the majors. Tim...

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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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