Shairon Martis Traded to the Twins

UPDATE 2:00 PM: I just spoke with Neal Huntington, who said the deal was more about finding Martis a better opportunity. Looking at the Twins’ pitching situation, I think Martis would have a better shot there than in Pittsburgh, where he was in Double-A, with a lot of options in Triple-A. UPDATE 1:29 PM: I’ve just confirmed that the return for Martis will be a player to be named later or cash. 10:44 AM: The Pittsburgh...

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The Prestige of Small Payroll Baseball – Minnesota Twins 2008-09

Every year some team does it. There’s always at least one team that contends for a division title, or makes the playoffs, or even advances to the World Series on a payroll that dwells in the umbra of the Yankees’ world. And then every fan and talking head wonders why their favorite team can’t do the same thing. But if it were that easy, there wouldn’t be a need for the gargantuan payrolls that exist in the game.

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The Pirates need a Joe Mauer

Anyone who has ever done a few fantasy baseball drafts with me, or who ever read my analysis when I was a fantasy baseball analyst, knows that there are certain players who I absolutely love.  In fact, I just completed a draft in which I couldn’t pass up my boy Chad Billingsley, even if it meant missing out on one of my favorite middle round outfielders this year in Jason Kubel. If I made a lineup of my favorite fantasy...

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The Right Time to Spend

Dejan Kovacevic did an interview with Pittsburgh Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting, which was up on the Post-Gazette site yesterday.  In the interview, Kovacevic asked the following question about payroll, with the following response: Q: So, your expectation remains that, if this group becomes competitive, you will be able to someday spend at the level of the Brewers and Reds? A: I think that’s expected. I think it’s...

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The Final Word on Sano

On Tuesday I wrote that the Pirates got a raw deal on Miguel Angel Sano. Since that time, two important articles have come out, revealing a lot on the negotiations. The first article was by Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kovacevic recaps the entire timeline on Sano, from the time the international signing period began and the Pirates were the top bidders, all the way to the point where Kovacevic broke the news to...

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