The big news this week was the revelation that the Pirates offered Gregory Polanco a seven year contract. Polanco turned the deal down, obviously, although it didn't seem like a bad offer. I broke down the deal, comparing it to the deals that Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen received. The summary was that the deal was fair, although Polanco can get more guaranteed money, and more money in his option years with just 1-2 years of service time in the majors. That's probably why there aren't many players who sign deals that early.

Meanwhile, the Pirates look like they might be turning their season around, going 6-3 during this home stand.
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The Pirates made a lot of roster moves this week. They brought Jeff Locke up for a spot start, optioning Casey Sadler. After Locke's start, t...

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