Pirates Notebook: The Issue of Trust

In light of the contract offers to Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez, which have since been rejected, I decided to do a rundown of the current estimated 2010 payroll, taking in to consideration option years, current projected service time (Super Two), and the performance of top prospects this season (Brad Lincoln). Here is what the 2010 payroll would look like with Jack Wilson at $4 M, and Freddy Sanchez at $5 M: Based on the current...

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Pirates Notebook: How much are Jack and Freddy worth?

According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pirates have asked Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez to take “sizeable cuts”. I can understand this. It’s not like this is a booming market for free agents. But it does raise a question: how much is each player worth? Let’s start with Jack Wilson. Last year we saw Orlando Cabrera settle for a one year/$4 M deal. Here is how Cabrera compares to Jack Wilson from 2006-2008, aka, the...

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Pirates Notebook: The 2008 State College Spikes

2008 was not a good year for the State College Spikes. The short season team combined for a 18-56 record, a .243 winning percentage. The pitching staff put up a 5.40 ERA. The team was outscored 461 to 303, a -158 run differential. There was no secret in 2008 that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a weak farm system coming in to the year. The number one objective for Neal Huntington and Frank Coonelly was to rebuild that farm system (or maybe...

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Pirates Notebook: State College Spikes

Don’t look now, but the State College Spikes are 10-10. That may not seem like much, but it’s an amazing feat, considering they only won 10 games in all of 2008. That’s not accurate, but the sad thing is, it’s not too far from the truth. Last year State College was atrocious, going 18-56. The bulk of their problems were due to the pitching staff, which combined for a 5.40 ERA. I’m assuming the bulk of...

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Pirates Notebook: Could Garrett Jones be part of the future?

One thing that always frustrates me as a Pittsburgh Pirates fan is the fact that we never seem to stumble on to the “where did that come from” major league players. I’m talking about guys like Jorge Cantu with Florida last year, or Kyle Lohse with St. Louis. Even when we try, like adding Eric Hinske, who hit 20 homers for Tampa Bay last year, it doesn’t work out. Maybe Garrett Jones could be that guy for us....

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