Winter Meetings Day One: Who’s On First?

Coming in to the winter meetings, it was clear that the biggest need for the Pittsburgh Pirates was at first base.  The team saw strong defensive additions at catcher and shortstop already this off-season, although the strong defense doesn’t come with much offense for the lineup.  The moves make sense if you add a first baseman who can fit in to the cleanup role and give the lineup a boost. The Pirates are pretty much set at...

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Pirates Projected Arbitration Salaries

In my projection of the 40-man roster I’ve included estimates for each of the arbitration eligible players, in order to try and get the estimated 2012 payroll.  My method for estimating salaries is simple.  I’ll look at the numbers that the players put up, look at comparable players, and go with the salaries for those players.  For example, Joel Hanrahan compares very closely to Heath Bell.  So in my projection I looked at...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Corner Outfield

For most of the 2011 season, there wasn’t a specific starter at either corner outfield position for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Jose Tabata began the season as the everyday starter in left field, but finished the year as the everyday starter in right field.  That happened when Alex Presley came up and took over the everyday duties in left field.  Presley didn’t arrive until late June, and missed most of August with an injury....

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2012 Pittsburgh Pirates Arbitration Eligible Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2011-12 off-season with ten players eligible for arbitration, including five players who are first time eligible.  The decisions to be made are interesting. 2011 breakout players Jeff Karstens and Charlie Morton will both be eligible for arbitration.  All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan will be eligible for his second year, and could see a significant raise.  Four other members of the bullpen will also be...

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Game 162 Recap: Season Ends With Loss and 3 HRs Allowed

The season ended much the way it has gone over the last couple of months. There wasn’t much to write home about from the slab and there wasn’t much offense to speak of. Milwaukee used three homers to support Zach Greinke. Jeff Locke allowed three long balls. The Pirates scored two of their three runs courtesy of Brewer errors. The Pirates put the first two runners on base in the second inning as Derrek Lee walked and...

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