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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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: The Rotation

Perhaps no position reflected the ups and downs of the 2011 season more than the starting rotation.  Coming in to the 2011 season, the rotation was looked upon as the biggest weakness of the team.  The priority over the off-season was to upgrade the rotation, with a lot of fans feeling that the rotation had as many as four spots open.  Charlie Morton was coming off a disaster of a year.  Paul Maholm didn’t post good numbers...

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This Date in Pirates History: October 12

On this date in 1906, Hall of Famer Joe Cronin was born. He signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent in 1925 and played two seasons for the Pirates(1926-27) making his debut on April 29, 1926 at the age of just nineteen. He was sent to the minors in early May of that 1926 season after just four games. When he returned the majors in late August he almost immediately became the team’s starting second baseman in the middle of a...

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