Ledezma signed for $700,000 for the 2011 season.

Two days ago the Pittsburgh Pirates made a series of roster moves, and in the process, re-signed left handed relief pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma, avoiding arbitration.  According to USA Today, Ledezma will receive $700,000 in the majors next year, or $300,000 if he plays in the minors.  Ledezma is on the 40-man roster, and out of options, so the only way he makes it to the minors is if he clears waivers and accepts an outright assignment to AAA.  The contract doesn’t do much for my 2011 40-man roster/payroll projections, as I had Ledezma making $750,000 in my initial estimate.

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  1. That’s quite a bit of money for a guy that struggled a bit. Wouldn’t it have been smarter to find a more reliable arm?

    • His major league salary in 2010 was $500 K. He was also eligible for arbitration, so this is a pretty standard raise for a reliever that did what he did.

      He didn’t have the best numbers, but looked good in a few areas:

      -Had a 22:6 K/BB ratio in 19.2 innings
      -Had an average fastball of 93.7 MPH

      His numbers should have been better. His xFIP was 3.78, which is basically what his ERA should have been, removing the effects of his fielders and normalizing his HR/FB rate.

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