Recapping the Non-Tender Deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered four players and re-signed two arbitration eligible players prior to the non-tender deadline.  The Pirates re-signed Ronny Cedeno to a one year, $2 M deal with an option for the 2012 season, and re-signed Jeff Karstens to a one year, $1.1 M deal.  Joel Hanrahan and Ross Ohlendorf also received tender offers, although no deal is in place for either player yet.  The Pirates also non-tendered four...

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Pirates Non-Tender Milledge, Diaz, Veal, and Burres

The Pittsburgh Pirates have non-tendered four players prior to the non-tender deadline, letting go of Lastings Milledge, Argenis Diaz, Donald Veal, and Brian Burres.  Milledge was the only one of the group of four who was arbitration eligible, becoming eligible for the first time this year. The non-tender of Milledge is a bit of a surprise, as he had some strengths, despite a sub-par 2010 season.  Milledge had a .277/.332/.380 line in...

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Non-Tender Deadline Preview

The non-tender deadline is tonight, Thursday night, at midnight.  Teams must decide whether to tender their arbitration eligible players contracts, or non-tender them and allow them to become free agents.  This can lead to some potential trades, as one team’s non-tender candidate can be another team’s treasure.  The Pirates shouldn’t have any big surprises with their internal decisions, but don’t be surprised...

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Pirates Interested in Bartlett and Hardy

Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have an interest in shortstops J.J. Hardy from Minnesota, and Jason Bartlett from Tampa Bay.  Morosi also mentions that the Pirates may have caught a break in the shortstop market, as the San Francisco Giants recently signed Miguel Tejada, and the St. Louis Cardinals traded for Ryan Theriot. You probably know my take on Bartlett by now.  I don’t think he would be an upgrade...

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Non-Tender and Waiver Claim Possibilities

There are several rumors going around about players who could be possible non-tender options by the Friday deadline, as well as a few players who were placed on waivers today that would be interesting options for the Pirates.  Here are a few that caught my eye, with some analysis on each player.  I’ll go through the waiver options first: Ryan Church - Rafael Soriano accepted arbitration, which meant the Atlanta Braves...

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