Pirates Notebook: Three Roster Situations

Here’s a look at three roster situations the Pittsburgh Pirates have to deal with: 1. Donald Veal Returns Veal has been on the 15-day DL, and started his rehab on June 8th. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, pitchers can only spend a maximum of 30 days in rehab. That means that Veal’s rehab is over after July 7th. Since Veal is a Rule 5 choice, the Pirates have two options: -Bring Veal up to the majors-Try...

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When will McCutchen be called up?

After the performance we saw in Spring Training, it’s pretty much a guarantee that Andrew McCutchen will see time in the majors this season. The question is: when? The unspoken truth is that McCutchen was sent down to delay his arbitration clock. If the Pirates were to bring McCutchen up on Opening Day, they would control his rights through the 2014 season, with McCutchen set to be a free agent for the 2015 season. By keeping...

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2009 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster and Payroll

NOTES: 1. All salaries in bold are official.2. All ages are as of the start of the 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates season.3. The 2009 payroll estimate includes a $1 M buyout for Matt Morris.4. Donald Veal is a Rule 5 pick from the Cubs. In order to make the team, he has to remain on the major league roster all season. If the Pirates decide at any point not to keep him on the major league roster, he must be offered back to the Cubs for...

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Arbitration Values Part 2: Nate McLouth

Nate McLouth 2005: .257/.300/.450, 21.80 AB/HR in 109 AB2006: .233/.290/.385, 38.57 AB/HR in 270 AB2007: .258/.348/.459, 25.31 AB/HR in 329 AB2008: .276/.353/.497, 22.96 AB/HR in 597 ABTotal: .261/.335/.461, 25.59 AB/HR in 1305 AB According to Baseball Reference, the active players who are similar to McLouth are as follows (Note that the numbers represent their rankings according to B-R): Ryan Church Church had a career line of...

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Arbitration Values Part 1: Paul Maholm

The Pirates reached an agreement this week with four of their six arbitration eligible players, leaving only Paul Maholm and Nate McLouth unsigned. Going in to the off-season, Pittsburgh wanted to sign each player to a long term extension, but talks broke down quickly for McLouth, and have been quiet for Maholm. All sides have now submitted offers for the 2009 season, with each player about a million dollars off what the Pirates are...

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