What is Zach Duke worth?

The deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration numbers is today, Tuesday January 19th, at noon.  The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with three players eligible for arbitration.  They signed Ronny Cedeno to a $1,125,000 deal, and non-tendered Matt Capps, which leaves Zach Duke as the only player who has yet to reach an agreement.  If a deal is not reached by noon today, Duke and the Pirates must...

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Top 10 Draft Picks of the Decade

With 2010 just around the corner, we’ve started to see a lot of “decade recap” articles around the web, including several Pirates related themes, such as the WHYGAVS All-Decade Team, Joe Starky’s recap of the decade, and Pirates Property’s Top 10 Pirates of the Decade.  I decided to take a look at some of the best and worst moves of the decade from a front office standpoint.  I will cover the...

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We all have internal values

Everyone has internal values, and it’s not just limited to one thing in our lives.  It determines how much we spend on a television, or whether we decide to purchase the movie channel packages from DirecTV.  Our internal value comes in to play when deciding if a small box of Lucky Charms is worth $4 when you can get twice as much of the same thing in Marshmallow Matey’s for the same price.  In fact,...

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Wishing it was baseball season

Wishing it was baseball season here at BUCCO Fans.com Headquarters.  Maybe then my wife’s car would be visible: I probably spent more time shoveling from the door to the back of the cars than I did on the entire Going Cheap series this week: Two feet of snow here, although from what I hear it’s less up north in the Pittsburgh area.  At least we’ve got some Pirates-related news and rumors to hold us over...

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Going Cheap Pt 2: Where do good players come from?

Yesterday, in part one of this series, I looked at whether you could find cheap bullpen options.  In my review of the best relievers in the 2009 season I found that 35 were cheap additions, while 18 were expensive options.  The important question to ask today is: what is the difference between a cheap option and an expensive option.  You may be quick to say that money, or the cost of acquiring the reliever via trade, is...

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