Pirates sign Hinske, extend Maholm

I get back to Virginia today to find that the Pirates agreed to terms today with bench player Eric Hinske, and extended the contract of Paul Maholm three years, with an option for a fourth year. I went over Hinske yesterday, and I covered Maholm’s arbitration situation last week. Neither financial situation is official, but we know a few things: 1. Maholm’s contract buys out his three arbitration years, and gives the team...

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Draft Results (So Far) and BlogTalkRadio.com

The draft I had yesterday isn’t over. We only had 14 teams, but the first three rounds took an hour, and it took four hours to complete 20 of the 29 rounds. We’re on the 22nd round now, drafting in the conference breaks, and will hopefully finish by the end of the conference. I managed to get the following team, with three Pirates (picking 7th): 1. OF – Grady Sizemore2. 1B – Lance Berkman3. 2B – Brian...

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Early 2009 Pirates fantasy outlook

As most of you know, my day job is a sports writer/analyst at AccuScore.com, where I basically do what I’m doing here for fun, only I get paid for it, and don’t write about the Pirates nearly as often. I just arrived in Tampa for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association Winter conference, part of my job duties at AccuScore, which will feature a few days of golf, karaoke bars, networking, and listening to panels discuss the...

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Arbitration Values Part 1: Paul Maholm

The Pirates reached an agreement this week with four of their six arbitration eligible players, leaving only Paul Maholm and Nate McLouth unsigned. Going in to the off-season, Pittsburgh wanted to sign each player to a long term extension, but talks broke down quickly for McLouth, and have been quiet for Maholm. All sides have now submitted offers for the 2009 season, with each player about a million dollars off what the Pirates are...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Draft History: 2003

BOLD = Pirates didn’t sign player. Paul Maholm received a $2,200,000 signing bonus. Tom Gorzelanny received a $750,000 signing bonus. Steve Lerud received a $512,500 signing...

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