Spring Training Battles: Bench

The bulk of Pittsburgh’s free agent activity this winter has been additions to the bench. In fact, the only two major league contracts the Pirates have handed out to free agents thus far have been bench players. For a team that traded two of it’s best players, and struggled mightily in the rotation all season, that may not be the best strategy. That’s not to say the Pirates didn’t make good moves here....

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Should Hinske Start?

Last year in just 381 at bats, Eric Hinske hit for a .247/.333/.465 line with 20 homers. The average was a little low, but the OBP was decent enough, and the power was excellent, giving Hinske a homer every 19.05 at bats. The only Pirates to top Hinske’s .798 OPS last year were Xavier Nady, Jason Bay, Ryan Doumit, Nate McLouth, and Adam LaRoche. With Bay and Nady now gone, that leaves Hinske ranked fourth when looking at the...

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Maholm, Hinske deals official

The deals for Paul Maholm and Eric Hinske are official. I have updated the 40-man Roster and Payroll chart, as well as the Payroll Commitments Chart. I also added Hinske to the 25-man Roster Projection, and removed Andy Phillips. These charts will be updated again when a 40-man roster move is made to clear space for Hinske. Maholm’s 2009 salary is broken down in to a $1.5 M bonus, and a $2 M salary. I’ve only included the...

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Pirates sign Hinske, extend Maholm

I get back to Virginia today to find that the Pirates agreed to terms today with bench player Eric Hinske, and extended the contract of Paul Maholm three years, with an option for a fourth year. I went over Hinske yesterday, and I covered Maholm’s arbitration situation last week. Neither financial situation is official, but we know a few things: 1. Maholm’s contract buys out his three arbitration years, and gives the team...

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Pirates close to signing Hinske

I’ve been busy today with the last day of the conference. Tough stuff today. Was out with a bunch of guys from Yahoo and ESPN last night until around 4, woke up today around 9:30, then went to Chick-fil-a for breakfast, only to find that they were giving out free chicken biscuits every Wednesday this month. I hope this isn’t just a Florida thing. Then after taking Orlando Hudson and Travis Snider in the never-ending FSTA...

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