Is Cost Certainty Better Than Roster Flexibility?

Is it better to have cost certainty or payroll flexibility when building a team?

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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 Terms With Garrett Jones

We received the filing numbers for Neil Walker and James McDonald about three hours ago, but haven’t heard anything yet on Garrett Jones. Tom Singer of MLB.com wrote the following: However, indications were strong that the club had reached an agreement with Jones and was merely working through some necessary preliminaries before making it official. Of all the players who remained unsigned, Jones’ name was the only one to...

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Pirates Exchange Figures With Neil Walker, James McDonald

The Pittsburgh Pirates exchanged arbitration figures with Neil Walker. Jon Heyman has the details. neil walker files at $3.6M, #pirates at $3M — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 18, 2013 Walker was projected for $2.9 M, so his estimate salary will go up regardless of which side wins. The two sides could still meet in the middle. They’re only $600,000 apart, so you’d think a deal wouldn’t be hard to reach....

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First Pitch: A Garrett Jones Trade Might Not Be a Guarantee

Throughout most of the off-season, it seemed inevitable that the Pittsburgh Pirates would trade Joel Hanrahan. There also seemed to be a strong possibility that Garrett Jones could be traded. In both cases we heard plenty of rumors about each player. Both players were due for a raise in arbitration. There was a good reason behind the idea of a trade for each player. But that didn’t mean they were both guaranteed to be traded....

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