The Market for Catchers – Free Agents, Non-Tenders, Trades

A look at the trade, free agent, and non-tender markets for potential catchers.

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2012 Free Agent Options: Starting Pitching

For Pittsburgh Pirates fans, the 2012 free agent market for starting pitchers will be simple: compare everyone to Paul Maholm.  The Pirates made it clear that they wouldn’t be bringing Maholm back in 2012, despite having a $9.75 M option for him to return.  With the starting rotation looking like it needs one spot, the Pirates will either need to re-sign Maholm on the open market, or add someone similar to Maholm in order for...

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Fixing the Compensation System

Yesterday I brought up the fact that the compensation system for the Major League draft is a broken system.  The system is intended to compensate a team like the Tampa Bay Rays for losing a player like Carl Crawford, who they drafted, developed, and relied on for eight seasons, only to see Crawford sign with the Boston Red Sox. The problem is that the system doesn’t just compensate teams for these circumstances.  It also...

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2010-2011 Off Season Primer

With the World Series coming to an end tonight, the 2010/2011 off-season officially begins tomorrow.  You can check out all of the important off-season dates on the Off-Season Calendar.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics: 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list by Sunday, getting their rosters down to 40-men.  The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have four players on the 60-day...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Off-Season Tracker

The Off-Season tracker will keep a list of all of the additions the Pittsburgh Pirates have made during the 2009/2010 off-season. The 2010 Proj. Role is the projected role for the player in question, according to the opinion of this web site. The 2010 salary is the major league salary. Official salaries are in bold.  Salaries in italics are only if the player makes the active roster.  Salary totals don’t include potential...

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