When I was writing about a possible long term Edwin Jackson deal the other day, I reached a point where I started thinking about how a long term deal would fit in with the Pittsburgh Pirates' payroll commitments. A quick look at our Future Payroll page shows that the Pirates don't have much committed beyond the 2012 season. In 2013 they have $6.5 M guaranteed. In 2014 it's $3 M, then $4 M in 2015, followed by $4.5 M in 2016. Most of that consists of Jose Tabata's extension.
You can't take those low numbers and expect that the Pirates have a ton of room to spend though. Those numbers only look at the current commitments, and don't consider arbitration prices, or any future additions or subtractions. So to get a better idea of the situation, I decided to do a way-too-early look at the 201...
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