First Pitch: Trying to Make Sense of Today’s Moves

The Pirates had a busy day. They traded Chris Resop, who was arbitration eligible for the second time and projected to make $1.3 M. They also dealt Yamaico Navarro (same link), who wasn’t arbitration eligible, but was designated for assignment the other day. They non-tendered Jeff Karstens, then reached a deal with Charlie Morton for $2 M (I’ll get into this in a bit). Finally, they tendered contracts to everyone else on...

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Pirates Shopping Hanrahan to the Dodgers, Others?

Earlier today Buster Olney had the following note about closer Joel Hanrahan in his daily article. If the Pirates are ready to trade¬†Joel Hanrahan, the Dodgers are ready to discuss and have starting pitching to offer (like¬†Chris Capuano). But the fact that Pittsburgh agreed to terms with Martin probably means that the Pirates are making a push for 2013 and trading their closer wouldn’t seem to fit that. Dodgers writer Mike...

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Who Will Be Tendered an Offer Tomorrow?

Tomorrow night at midnight is the deadline to tender contracts for the 2013 season. Any player who does not have a contract — arbitration eligible players and players with 1-3 years of service time — must be tendered an offer by the deadline, or be non-tendered. If a player is non-tendered, he immediately becomes a free agent. The tender deadline isn’t a big deal for guys making the league minimum. Those guys are...

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First Pitch: Joel Hanrahan’s Off-Season Trade Value; New Comment System

For the last year and a half, I’ve been talking about how the Pittsburgh Pirates should trade Joel Hanrahan. To sum up the reasoning, Hanrahan is a great reliever and a great closer, but the value of a closer is small, the trade value of closers is usually huge, and the Pirates would benefit more from the potential impact a Hanrahan trade could bring, rather than the value of having a great closer. Hanrahan is arbitration...

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MLBTR’s Projected Arbitration Prices For the Pirates

Matt Swartz of MLB Trade Rumors came out with a system last year to project expected arbitration prices. Here were the projections last year, and what the players actually received. Player (Projection/Actual) Joel Hanrahan ($4.0/$4.1) Casey McGehee ($3.1/$2.5375) Jeff Karstens ($2.8/$3.1) Garrett Jones ($2.4/$2.25) Ross Ohlendorf ($2.1/Non-Tendered) Charlie Morton ($2.1/$2.445) Jose Veras ($2.5/$2.0 with Milwaukee) Chris Resop...

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