Pirates and Neil Walker, Vin Mazzaro Avoid Arbitration
Jan17

Pirates and Neil Walker, Vin Mazzaro Avoid Arbitration

The Pittsburgh Pirates and second baseman Neil Walker will sign a one year deal for $5.75 M according to Rob Biertempfel, avoiding arbitration. They also signed reliever Vin Mazzaro for $950,000 according to Biertempfel. They have officially avoided arbitration with every eligible player now ahead of the deadline to exchange figures. Neil Walker was projected to make $4.8 M, while Vin Mazzaro was projected to be $800,000 for the 2014...

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Pirates Sign Travis Snider for $1.2 M
Jan16

Pirates Sign Travis Snider for $1.2 M

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder Travis Snider for $1.2 M, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post. https://twitter.com/Joelsherman1/status/423978686149582848 The one-year deal means that the Pirates and Snider will avoid arbitration. Snider was projected to make $1.4 M through the arbitration process. He’s out of options, so he should be a lock for the active roster, splitting time with Jose Tabata in right field...

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Six Pirates File For Arbitration
Jan14

Six Pirates File For Arbitration

The MLB Players Association announced today that 146 players have filed for arbitration. That list includes all six Pirates who were eligible: Pedro Alvarez, Vin Mazzaro, Mark Melancon, Gaby Sanchez, Travis Snider, and Neil Walker. The process to file for arbitration is only a formality, and isn’t really significant. The significant move this week will be when the teams and players exchange figures on Friday. Once the two sides...

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14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014
Dec31

14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014

One year ago today, I wrote an article about the 13 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Make a Difference in 2013. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of players last off-season who had a chance to be a top performer, but also came with a risk that they could be as low as a bust. Here were the players I outlined last year, and the results in 2013. 2013 Results Hitters Starling Marte: 4.6 WAR Travis Snider: -0.6 WAR Jerry Sands: Triple-A Jose...

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Pirates Leaning Toward Staying In-House For Right Field
Dec09

Pirates Leaning Toward Staying In-House For Right Field

Last week I wrote that it looked like the Pirates were going to stay internal for right field in 2014. Neal Huntington all but confirmed that in his meeting with the media today, as reported by Rob Biertempfel. #pirates GM Huntington on right field situation: "We're leaning toward staying in-house." — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) December 9, 2013 The Pirates traded for Jaff Decker a few weeks ago, adding one...

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