Spring Training Battles: Bullpen

The bullpen is an area that Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington doesn’t like to spend a lot of money on. I’m in agreement with this strategy. All it takes is a quick look to the 2008 Milwaukee bullpen to see that spending money doesn’t equal success. The Brewers spent almost $26 M on the following bullpen arms last season: Eric Gagne, Guillermo Mota, David Riske, Brian Shouse, Salomon Torres, and David Turnbow. Of that...

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Minor League Options

I’ve updated the minor league options on the 40-man roster and payroll page, as well as the Spring Training Tracker page. There were a few that were wrong before, mainly the veteran guys. I found a site (Sportsnet.ca) which is very detailed with individual player transactions, helping to figure out guys like Jack Wilson, John Grabow, etc. Not that this would matter, as I don’t think the Pirates will be sending any of these...

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