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Pirates Aggressive For Players Early

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweeted something interesting earlier today about the Pittsburgh Pirates and their activity during the first day of the free agent market:

#pirates may still not have a manager (assuming its hurdle or banister eventually) but hearing theyre aggressive going for players early

No word on who the Pirates may be pursuing, or what exactly “aggressive” means.  As I pointed out yesterday, I don’t anticipate the free agent market to heat up until the end of the month, at which point teams will know what sort of compensation will be required for Type A free agents.  That’s not an issue for Type B free agents, as teams can sign them without giving any compensation.  However, the Type B free agents aren’t likely to sign until the Type A free agents set the market for their respective positions.

The Pirates have said they will explore the free agent market pretty much every season.  This year they’ve added the typical disclaimer of “we’re not going to spend just to spend”, and there’s nothing wrong with that approach.  Spending just to spend is how you end up with Jeff Suppan for four years and $42 M, or Gil Meche at 5/$55.  I looked last week at how much the Pirates could spend, and the conclusion was that they clearly have money to spend, assuming they can find the right players.  The comment by Heyman was very vague, and doesn’t tell us any specifics, but it’s nice to hear that the team is being “aggressive”, even if we don’t know whether “aggressive” means “talking to several options” or “actually submitting competitive offers”.  I guess any news of activity is good news, considering some of the apparent holes on the team.

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Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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