Looking at the free agent market

The past two years the Pittsburgh Pirates have done very little to make any changes in the off-season through the free agent market. Last year we saw them unsuccessfully try to sign Daniel Cabrera, Rocco Baldelli, and Derrick Turnbow, although in hindsight, none of those deals looked to be any good (actually, they didn’t look astounding at the time either). Cabrera had a 6.00 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP on the season, thanks to a 7.4...

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Ohman spells the end to one pitcher

The Pirates have increased their pursuit of left handed reliever Will Ohman, according to DK at the PBC Blog, by offering Ohman an offer with an option year attached. Ohman has been looking for something in the $2 M range, which is still in the budget for the Pirates this season according to the 2009 payroll projection. About a month ago I wrote about the Pirates initial interest in Ohman, questioning if he was better than Grabow. A...

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The Perfect John Grabow Trade

The writing is on the wall for John Grabow’s future as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Grabow is in his final year of arbitration, making $2.3 M this year, and will most likely be seeking a multi-year contract at that level. The Pirates already have a possible plan in place to replace Grabow with Will Ohman in the event of a trade. The problem with that scenario is that any team wanting to trade for Grabow could easily just...

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Spring Training Battles: Bullpen

The bullpen is an area that Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington doesn’t like to spend a lot of money on. I’m in agreement with this strategy. All it takes is a quick look to the 2008 Milwaukee bullpen to see that spending money doesn’t equal success. The Brewers spent almost $26 M on the following bullpen arms last season: Eric Gagne, Guillermo Mota, David Riske, Brian Shouse, Salomon Torres, and David Turnbow. Of that...

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Does Will Ohman make sense?

The Pirates are reportedly one of three teams to have interest in left handed reliever Will Ohman, with the Marlins and Padres being the other two teams. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote in his blog post the other day that an Ohman signing would come only with a John Grabow trade in mind. The question is: why? Both are left handed relievers. I assume that Ohman would be signing a one year deal, which means that...

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