I discussed the payroll a bit in my last post and I just wanted to follow up briefly. My main point was that we should not focus so much on the total payroll, but more on individual expenditures. I have no problem whatsoever with a payroll under $40 million, mainly because there are not many available free agents that I prefer to our cheap internal options. Of course, if the Pirates were to lose someone like Andrew McCutchen down the road when there is room for him in the budget, you better believe I will be upset.

The Pirates unloaded several aging veterans in exchange for young talent over the past two years, and young teams are inexpensive by nature. The thing to remember is that “inexpensive” does not always equal “untalented.” Neal Huntington explains:
A lot has been made of our payr...

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