2009 Pirates Preview: The Opening Day Roster

With the 25-Man roster set, and assuming no trades will be made, let’s go player by player and review the expectations for each guy this season. STARTING LINEUP C – Ryan Doumit: Doumit had a breakout season last year, batting .318 with 15 homers in 431 at bats. Simply put, Doumit needs to stay healthy, and prove that performance wasn’t a fluke. 1B – Adam LaRoche: The story on LaRoche has been the same almost...

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Pirates cut three, Jaramillo and Ohlendorf win jobs

According to DK at the PBC Blog, the Pittsburgh Pirates have cut Steve Pearce, Robinzon Diaz, and Anderson Machado. The Diaz move means that Jason Jaramillo is now a lock for the backup catcher job, something that has been confirmed by Neal Huntington. Check out the Spring Training Tracker and the 25 Man Roster Projection to see how the moves impact the Pirates, and who is left in camp fighting for a job. Huntington also announced...

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Spring Training Battles: Starting Rotation

Last year the downfall of the Pirates was the starting rotation, which led the Pirates to the worst ERA in the NL, and the 28th ranked ERA in the majors. The starting pitchers racked up a 33-67 record, with a 5.36 ERA in their 162 starts. Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny were the two biggest disappointments. I’d say Matt Morris was a big disappointment, but I don’t think anyone was expecting much from him, despite the $10 M...

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Can the Pirates afford McLouth and co. in 2012?

The biggest moves the Pirates made this off-season were the extensions of Nate McLouth, Paul Maholm, and Ryan Doumit. Each extension bought out at least one free agent year through the use of an option year. The same process was used with Ian Snell last year. A quick look at the Payroll Commitments Chart shows us that if the Pirates were to pick up the options on all four of these players, they’d be spending almost $37 M in 2012...

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Maholm, Hinske deals official

The deals for Paul Maholm and Eric Hinske are official. I have updated the 40-man Roster and Payroll chart, as well as the Payroll Commitments Chart. I also added Hinske to the 25-man Roster Projection, and removed Andy Phillips. These charts will be updated again when a 40-man roster move is made to clear space for Hinske. Maholm’s 2009 salary is broken down in to a $1.5 M bonus, and a $2 M salary. I’ve only included the...

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