Last off-season was filled with a lot of drama surrounding A.J. Burnett, qualifying offers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates approach with free agency and the percentage that individual players take up on the team payroll.
Prepare for act two this coming off-season.
The Pirates will go through the same situation again with Russell Martin. To be accurate, it won't be the exact situation. There won't be a chance of Martin saying that he's either going to play for the Pirates or retire, then debate his future for months, then decide he will play for a team other than the Pirates. This will be a pretty straight forward situation -- the Pirates have a good player leaving for free agency, and he'll be looking for his final big payday.
Burnett wasn't signed last year, and I was fine with that....
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