Earlier today I posted the early look at the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-man roster and payroll.  The current estimates, which are far from complete, show that the Pirates are around $30 M, based on the projected decisions with option years, arbitration decisions, and non-tender candidates.  The question is, how much do the Pirates have that they can spend?  A quick look at that $30 M and the $53 M that they spent in 2011, gives us the idea that the team can go out and spend $23 M this off-season.  But there are other factors to consider, such as in-season spending, and in the event that the team gives out multi-year deals, the long term payroll.

Below is a chart with a long term projection of the Pittsburgh Pirates and their 40-man payroll.  The projection estimates the salaries for the...

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