The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced that they’ve declined the club options for Ronny Cedeno, Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, and Paul Maholm. We heard earlier that Maholm and Snyder would be officially declined. The only move that comes as a surprise is Cedeno, who had a $3 M option with a $200 K buyout, and played strong defense this year.
By declining the options, the Pirates enter the off-season looking for help at shortstop, catcher, and starting pitching. They can still re-sign any of the above players to fill those needs. I profiled the free agents for each position (shortstop, catcher, starting pitching). The Pirates can find cheaper alternatives on the open market, all while getting equal or greater performance. That said, there are no guarantees that the Pirates land any of the desired players on the open market. By declining the club options the Pirates have a chance to upgrade the team, but they turn down the convenience of filling all three positional needs before the off-season really begins.
The buyout prices were $750 K each for Maholm and Snyder, $500 K for Doumit, and $200 K for Cedeno. The 2012 40-man roster/payroll page is updated.
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.