Every year, following the trade deadline, I take a look at the future payroll for the upcoming year. In previous years, the Pirates' season was all but over following the deadline. Today they sit with 60 wins, three games out of first place, all in early August. So the approach is a bit different. The primary focus is contending this year, not the payroll next year. But the Pirates did make some moves that will impact their payroll next year, so let's see how those moves play out.
The chart below has my payroll projections for the 2013 season, focusing only on the players who are in the system. A breakdown of the chart can be found in the breakdown below.
Below is the projected lineup I used for the payroll forecast. I'll get in to more detail about the lineup and...
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