Pirates Notebook: Pirates lose value by trading Grabow

With John Grabow set to be a free agent at the end of the season, we’re going to see a lot of talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates trading their lefty set-up man to re-stock the farm system. If they really want to re-stock the farm system, they should hold on to him…at least until the end of the 2009 season. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Grabow is a probable Type A free agent after this season. If you are unfamiliar with Type A...

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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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A look at the free agent starting pitching market

According to Dejan Kovacevic at the PPG, the Pirates have made contact with free agent starting pitcher Braden Looper (blurb can be found at the bottom of the page). While this information doesn’t necessarily mean the Pirates will sign Looper, or even that they’re talking to Looper about a deal, it does bring up a question on the starting pitching market: where does the market currently stand? At the Winter Meetings we saw...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Payroll Commitments

For 2010 salary information, see the 2010 40-man roster and payroll projection page. NOTES: 1. All numbers in red represent club options. 2. Ryan Doumit’s 2012 and 2013 club options must be exercised at the same time, after the 2011 season. There is a $0.5 M buyout for those options. 3. Min/Arb means that a player can either be playing for the league minimum, or be arbitration eligible, depending on their major league service...

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