The Details on Pedro’s Option

There has been some confusion as to why Pedro Alvarez was optioned to the minors yesterday by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Some wondered why he was optioned, despite his official rehab assignment set to end on July 17th.  Some wondered how many options he currently has, and how many this would leave him.  To sort through the details, I put together a FAQ-style post, addressing each question. 1. Alvarez started his rehab work on June 27th....

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Exhibit A on Why Player Options Are Bad

Over the off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates set out to add to their starting rotation, and made a big push for free agent starter Jorge de la Rosa.  It was reported that the Pirates made a competitive offer for him, although he went to Colorado, largely because he wanted to remain there, but also because they gave him a two year deal with a player option. If you are unfamiliar with how a player option works, it’s probably...

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Important Dates In 2011

At Pirates Prospects, not only do we cover the entire farm system, but we also focus on the business side of the game, specifically tracking the service time, options, waiver rules, trade rules, and the MLB draft.  The rules surrounding these events can be vague, so to clear things up, here are some important dates to remember for the 2011 MLB season. April 11th - The earliest a player can be called up without using a full year of...

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Early Look at the 2012 Payroll

Earlier this week the 2011 40-man roster and payroll page was updated, giving the estimated payroll for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, based off of the Opening Day roster.  A lot can, and will, change between now and the end of the 2011 regular season, so that payroll figure is far from complete.  Today, I updated the future payroll commitments chart, with the salaries, years of control, and arbitration years for the 2012-2015...

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Update On Players Who Are Out Of Options

 With a handful of players who are both on the bubble and out of options, the Pirates will be facing some tough roster decisions at the end of March. What follows is a quick rundown of players fighting for roster spots who have no options remaining. I’ve omitted players who are locks to make the team, like James McDonald and Joel Hanrahan. Also, as most of you are probably aware, the Pirates secured an extra option for Steve...

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