Winter Meetings Day One: Who’s On First?

Coming in to the winter meetings, it was clear that the biggest need for the Pittsburgh Pirates was at first base.  The team saw strong defensive additions at catcher and shortstop already this off-season, although the strong defense doesn’t come with much offense for the lineup.  The moves make sense if you add a first baseman who can fit in to the cleanup role and give the lineup a boost. The Pirates are pretty much set at...

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Derrek Lee Updates: Monday

The Pittsburgh Pirates offered arbitration to first baseman Derrek Lee two weeks ago.  He has until Wednesday to decide whether to accept or reject arbitration.  If he accepts, the Pirates get him for one year at a raise over his $8.5 M compensation from the 2011 season.  If he declines, the Pirates get a first round compensation pick in the 2012 draft, assuming he signs elsewhere.  Here are the updates on Lee from today: -Jon Heyman,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Winter Meetings Preview

The 2011 Winter Meetings begin today, which kicks off one of the busiest periods of the year for Major League baseball. This usually marks the time when the big free agents start going off the board. We’ve already seen the beginning, with Jose Reyes agreeing to a six year, $106 M deal with the Miami Marlins last night. This also surrounds some very important dates for transactions, which should lead to a ton of roster moves. The...

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Where Can the Pirates Add An Impact Player?

With the signing of Clint Barmes this past week, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their second move to upgrade the 2012 team from the team we saw in 2011.  But if you’re expecting a huge upgrade, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Anyone who takes a look at the available options at catcher and shortstop knows the positions are thin.  In fact, anyone who looks at the actual positions will realize that it’s not just...

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Pirates Offer Arbitration to Derrek Lee

The Pittsburgh Pirates have offered arbitration to free agent first baseman Derrek Lee, and have declined arbitration offers to catcher Chris Snyder and outfielder Ryan Ludwick. If Lee accepts arbitration, the Pirates will have him under contract for the 2012 season, with his arbitration price likely being a raise over his $8.5 M total compensation in 2011.  If he declines, the Pirates will get a first round compensation pick in the...

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