First Pitch: A.J. Burnett and the Rising Cost of Pitchers
Nov08

First Pitch: A.J. Burnett and the Rising Cost of Pitchers

Earlier this week the Pittsburgh Pirates declined to give A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer of $14.1 M. The offer would have brought Burnett back if he would have accepted it, and would have brought the Pirates a draft pick if he would have signed elsewhere. There have been some predictions saying that Burnett would only cost $12-13 M. Burnett has said he will either retire to play for the Pirates. So even without the qualifying offer,...

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Ohlendorf Wins Arbitration Hearing

According to Colin Dunlap, Ross Ohlendorf has won his arbitration case against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The decision means that Ohlendorf will receive $2.025 M for his 2011 salary.  That’s a raise of $1,586,000 over his 2010 salary, and an extra $625,000 over the $1.4 M the Pirates were offering. The 2011 40-man roster/payroll projection is updated.  The Pirates are now right under $40 M with this change. Going forward, there...

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Pirates and Ohlendorf Go To Arbitration

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweets that the arbitration hearing between Ross Ohlendorf and the Pittsburgh Pirates is today.  The two sides exchanged figures a few weeks ago, with the Pirates submitting a $1.4 M figure, and Ohlendorf submitting a $2.025 M figure. The Pirates can still sign Ohlendorf up until the minute before the arbitration hearing begins.  If the hearing takes place, both sides will argue their case for their...

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