Looking at the free agent market

The past two years the Pittsburgh Pirates have done very little to make any changes in the off-season through the free agent market. Last year we saw them unsuccessfully try to sign Daniel Cabrera, Rocco Baldelli, and Derrick Turnbow, although in hindsight, none of those deals looked to be any good (actually, they didn’t look astounding at the time either). Cabrera had a 6.00 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP on the season, thanks to a 7.4...

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The Pirates have money to spend

A lot of talk has gone around about the comments by Neal Huntington that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be active in free agency this off-season, even going after some of the guys they’ve traded away. This has led to speculation by the Post-Gazette of Rick Ankiel and John Grabow serving as potential targets, along with countless speculation and ideas around the internet. The first thing anyone should say is “we’ve heard...

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After the Deadline: A look at the payroll

Since I was gone all last week, providing minimal updates to the site, I spent the last two days updating all of the content in the “Features” section. Now that I have everything updated, I plan on reviewing these updates over the next few days, with dedicated posts for each topic. The first topic is always a favorite amongst Pirates fans: the payroll. After all of the trades, I saw a $31 M number being thrown around. I...

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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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Pirates Notebook: The Pursuit of Hanley Pujols

Today marks the start of the international signing period, which means one thing for Pittsburgh Pirates fans: the market is open for Miguel Angel Sano, aka “Hanley Pujols”. The month of June wasn’t kind to Pirates fans. Nate McLouth was traded early for prospects. Tony Sanchez was taken fourth overall in the draft, despite being ranked 32nd by Baseball America. Then to cap it all off, fan favorite Nyjer Morgan was...

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