Contract Notes: Karstens, J. Sanchez, G. Sanchez, Hawpe, Inge

Tom Singer has a few contract details and incentives for some of the players in major league camp. The details can be read here. My thoughts on each player below. **Jeff Karstens has $1 M in potential performance bonuses. He’d get a bonus of $100,000 each for 150 and 160 innings pitched. He’d get $175,000 each for 170 and 180 innings, then $225,000 each for 190 and 200 innings. If Karstens somehow reached 200 innings,...

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Spring Training 2013 Position Battles: The Bench

With pitchers and catchers reporting today, and Spring Training starting up this week, we will be previewing the position battles to follow throughout the Spring. To keep track of the players who are in camp, and the updated status of each position battle, check out the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Tracker. I’ve already reviewed two of the position battles heading into Spring Training, looking at the starting rotation...

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First Pitch: Where Will All of the 1B/OF Options Fit?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added a lot of 1B/OF options for their major league squad in the last year. They traded for Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez at the trade deadline. They acquired Clint Robinson in a minor trade with Kansas City. Starling Marte made the jump to the majors in the second half of the 2012 season. They got Jerry Sands in the Joel Hanrahan trade. They signed minor league free agents like Felix Pie, Brad Hawpe, and...

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Pirates Agree to One Year Deal With Gaby Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one year, $1.75 M deal with Gaby Sanchez, according to the Beverly Hills Sports Council on Twitter. The two sides will avoid arbitration. #Pirates and @GabySanchez15 agree on 1-year deal worth $1.75M plus bonuses to avoid salary arbitration. #MLB — BHSC (@BHSCouncil) January 18, 2013 Sanchez was projected to make $1.8 M by MLBTR, so this doesn’t change the 2013 40-man payroll...

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First Pitch: The Five Players That Represent a Microcosm of Neal Huntington’s Abilities

At the end of the 2012 season I wrote that 2013 was the make or break year for Neal Huntington and the current management group. When the group arrived in the 2007-08 off-season, the system was a wreck. There were hardly any prospects in the system, and very few players at the major league level who could be dealt for good returns. The guy with the biggest trade value at the time — Jason Bay — brought back Andy LaRoche and...

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