2011 Spring Training Battles: Bullpen

Yesterday I reviewed the battle for the fifth starter spot, noting that I saw it as a battle between Charlie Morton and Scott Olsen.  As reader “BLZR” pointed out in the comments, that’s pretty much the approach the Pirates will be taking this Spring, according to pitching coach Ray Searage.  My guess is that the loser of the battle between Morton and Olsen will take one of the open bullpen spots.  But what about the...

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2009 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster and Payroll

NOTES: 1. All salaries in bold are official.2. All ages are as of the start of the 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates season.3. The 2009 payroll estimate includes a $1 M buyout for Matt Morris.4. Donald Veal is a Rule 5 pick from the Cubs. In order to make the team, he has to remain on the major league roster all season. If the Pirates decide at any point not to keep him on the major league roster, he must be offered back to the Cubs for...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Payroll Commitments

For 2010 salary information, see the 2010 40-man roster and payroll projection page. NOTES: 1. All numbers in red represent club options. 2. Ryan Doumit’s 2012 and 2013 club options must be exercised at the same time, after the 2011 season. There is a $0.5 M buyout for those options. 3. Min/Arb means that a player can either be playing for the league minimum, or be arbitration eligible, depending on their major league service...

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