USA Today released their 2012 payroll figures yesterday, which gives us a look at what the league minimum players, and Juan Cruz, are making this year. Those are the only numbers that had previously been left to speculation on the 2012 40-Man Roster/Payroll page. The addition of these numbers gives a good estimate of the Pirates' 2012 Opening Day payroll.

The Pirates start out with a projected $54,372,500 payroll for the 2012 season. This number will change throughout the year. Last year the Pirates added about $11 M in payroll throughout the season, with the normal call-ups, injuries, and players designated for assignment or released, who they still have to pay. In 2010 they added about $8 M throughout the course of the season. We keep the payroll page updated after every move, to keep...

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