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 l...

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