Pirates fans love to talk about payroll.

One of the main features on this site since it started was a payroll tracker, which took a look at the 40-man payroll projection after every move. You can find the 2017 version here.

That feature was added because it seems like every single discussion about the Pirates online eventually discusses payroll in some form. That makes sense, as the small market restraints on the Pirates make the topic of payroll a much bigger issue than it would be for the Los Angeles Dodgers or the New York Yankees. Then you've got the "Nutting is Cheap" crowd that interjects that view into every conversation, often to comical lengths.

Not everyone who questions whether the Pirates should spend more is in that crowd (although if you constantly make jokes about S...

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