Not surprisingly, the price to see a game at PNC Park is expected to go up next year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pirates plan to increase their Major League payroll next season, team president Frank Coonelly told Pirates Prospects.

The team has raised overall salary for its MLB players by about $9 million per year each of the last three years, according to a "strategic plan" for payroll Coonelly discussed in a one-on-one interview.

"Our plans that we've put in place a year, two years ago, have us showing another meaningful increase in 2014," Coonelly said.

The Pirates have guaranteed $42.45 million in contracts next season including options for Pedro Alvarez and Wandy Rodriguez, according to our estimates. We estimate the Pirates will spend about $71.4 million on this year...

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