Updated Value of a Win & How It Relates to Andrew McCutchen

A recent piece on Fangraphs re-establishes the value of the cost per win on the free agent market. How does this affect the decision by the Pirates this past off-season and going forward with Andrew McCutchen?

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Where Can the Pirates Add An Impact Player?

With the signing of Clint Barmes this past week, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their second move to upgrade the 2012 team from the team we saw in 2011.  But if you’re expecting a huge upgrade, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Anyone who takes a look at the available options at catcher and shortstop knows the positions are thin.  In fact, anyone who looks at the actual positions will realize that it’s not just...

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Pirates Get Their Starting Catcher in Rod Barajas

The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first addition to the 40-man roster this off-season, signing veteran catcher Rod Barajas to a one year, $4 M deal.  The deal comes with a $3.5 M option in 2013 that has no buyout.  The move was made exactly one week after teams were eligible to negotiate with free agents.  The move was a bit of a surprise considering how young the off-season is.  Normally you don’t see moves taking place this...

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Pirates Sign Rod Barajas For $4 M

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first addition in the free agent market, signing catcher Rod Barajas to a one year deal with a club option for the 2013 season.  No financial terms are known yet, although Barajas made $3.25 M in 2011. In my preview of the free agent catchers, I listed Barajas as an option that would make sense for the Pirates.  He turns 36 next year, although he’s been durable, with almost 2500 innings...

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Lobbying For the Wrong Move to Be Made

The Texas Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the World Series last night, and could potentially win it all on Wednesday.  If they lose, that means the series will be decided on Thursday.  For the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the other 27 teams that are waiting for the off-season to begin, this means that we will start to see the first off-season moves being made no later than a week from today. We know about the moves that the Pirates plan to...

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