With the GM Meetings kicking off today, and the Winter Meetings less than a month away, the free agent market should start to pick up. General Manager Neal Huntington is in Florida for the next two days, which gives General Managers the opportunity to meet face to face and be able to start discussing potential trades.

If the Pirates don't make any moves this offseason, the club is projected to have a payroll just under $61 M on Opening Day in 2013. That number is the highest in franchise history, as well as a jump from the $30.16M payroll (before arbitration cases) they had going into last offseason. Owner Bob Nutting wouldn't give an estimate as to how much money they will have to spend on free agents to improve the club this offseason, but he remains committed to increasing the payrol...

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