Pirates Could Still Get Draft Pick For Doumit

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed catcher Rod Barajas today, which makes it unlikely that they will bring back catchers Ryan Doumit or Chris Snyder, who both became free agents when the Pirates declined their options.  Both catchers profile as Type B free agents, which could net the Pirates a compensation pick in the 2012 draft for each player.  To get the pick, the Pirates would have to offer arbitration, and the players would have to...

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Official Elias Rankings Released

The official Elias rankings have been released, and as expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates have four players who qualify as Type B free agents.  The four players are Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, Derrek Lee, and Ryan Ludwick. The Pirates can get a first round compensation pick for each player in the 2012 draft.  In order to do so, they’d have to offer arbitration, and then the players would have to decline and sign elsewhere. The...

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Pirates Decline All Four Club Options

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced that they’ve declined the club options for Ronny Cedeno, Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, and Paul Maholm.  We heard earlier that Maholm and Snyder would be officially declined.  The only move that comes as a surprise is Cedeno, who had a $3 M option with a $200 K buyout, and played strong defense this year. By declining the options, the Pirates enter the off-season looking for help at...

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Player Option Decisions Due Today

The deadline for decisions on player options is due by tonight at 11:59 PM EST.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have four players with club options, and so far they have yet to make an official decision on any player, although we’ve heard strong indications on what they plan to do.  It seems unlikely that the club will pick up the options for catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, or left handed pitcher Paul Maholm.  Ronny Cedeno, on...

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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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