The Pirates Need Another Starting Pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates made one addition to their starting rotation this off-season, adding Erik Bedard to a one year deal. Their rotation heading in to the year looks decent, with Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton, and James McDonald all looking like locks for the rotation. They also have Kevin Correia and Brad Lincoln as the top options for the fifth starter role. That group doesn’t have an ace, but has a few guys who qualify as...

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Analyzing the Non-Tender Deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a somewhat busy day today. They swapped arbitration eligible players with the Milwaukee Brewers, reached a pre-arbitration deal with Jason Grilli, non-tendered Pedro Ciriaco and Jason Jaramillo, and tendered offers to the rest of the players who were without contracts in 2012. In the biggest move of the day, the Pirates traded Jose Veras to the Milwaukee Brewers for Casey McGehee.  I projected Veras as a...

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Pirates Have Eight Arbitration Decisions Due Today

The deadline to tender offers to arbitration eligible players is at midnight tonight. The Pittsburgh Pirates have eight players who are eligible for arbitration. Here is a rundown of what to expect by the end of the night, along with projected arbitration values, as projected by MLB Trade Rumors. Joel Hanrahan – $4,000,000 Hanrahan is a lock to be tendered. He’s a huge value for his production out of the closer role,...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 12

Born on this date in 1983 is current Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher, Charlie Morton. He has pitched three seasons for the Pirates since coming over to Pittsburgh in the Nate McLouth trade on June 3, 2009. Prior to the trade he had gone 4-8 6.15 in 15 starts with the Atlanta Braves in 2008. Following the trade, Morton was thrown into the Pirates starting rotation where he went 5-9 4.55 in 18 starts, finishing his season with a...

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Pirates Projected Arbitration Salaries

In my projection of the 40-man roster I’ve included estimates for each of the arbitration eligible players, in order to try and get the estimated 2012 payroll.  My method for estimating salaries is simple.  I’ll look at the numbers that the players put up, look at comparable players, and go with the salaries for those players.  For example, Joel Hanrahan compares very closely to Heath Bell.  So in my projection I looked at...

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