What Would Paul Maholm Be Worth?

A lot of trade rumors have surrounded Paul Maholm this off-season.  The left hander is entering the final year of his three year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, earning $5.75 M this year.  He also has an option in 2012 for $9.75 M, with a $750,000 buyout.  However, because Maholm is coming off a year where he put up a 5.10 ERA in 185.1 innings of work, the popular opinion is that the Pirates won’t exercise that option, or...

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The Market for McCutchen is Set

I’ve talked a lot about Andrew McCutchen this off-season, both in terms of the possibility that he could be a Super Two player following the 2011 season, as well as what it could cost to extend him and buy out some free agent years.  So far, the Pirates haven’t contacted McCutchen about an extension, although the market for his extension may be set. Last night the Cincinnati Reds reached an extension with outfielder Jay...

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The Pirates need a Joe Mauer

Anyone who has ever done a few fantasy baseball drafts with me, or who ever read my analysis when I was a fantasy baseball analyst, knows that there are certain players who I absolutely love.  In fact, I just completed a draft in which I couldn’t pass up my boy Chad Billingsley, even if it meant missing out on one of my favorite middle round outfielders this year in Jason Kubel. If I made a lineup of my favorite fantasy...

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Andrew McCutchen Needs to be Extended

I’ve talked about the Andrew McCutchen extension topic pretty much ever since I started this site, but with the recent signing of Justin Upton, I felt the need to bring up the topic again.  I’ve always mentioned Evan Longoria and Ryan Braun as examples of what the Pirates should do with McCutchen.  Longoria was brought up in April 2008, and extended a week later in a deal that could keep him in Tampa Bay through...

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Pirates Notebook: The Issue of Trust

In light of the contract offers to Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez, which have since been rejected, I decided to do a rundown of the current estimated 2010 payroll, taking in to consideration option years, current projected service time (Super Two), and the performance of top prospects this season (Brad Lincoln). Here is what the 2010 payroll would look like with Jack Wilson at $4 M, and Freddy Sanchez at $5 M: Based on the current...

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