Pirates Agree to Terms with All 31 Pre-Arbitration Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have agreed to terms with all 31 players on the 40-man roster who aren’t eligible for arbitration yet. This announcement is more or a formality than anything else because MLB teams have full control over the salaries of any player who hasn’t reach arbitration. So there is no type of negotiation and the player’s signature isn’t even required.

We likely won’t hear the exact dollar figures until Opening Day, but most (possibly all) will be between the league minimum of $545,000, and somewhere below $600,000, with players who have more service time in getting a very slight bump in their salary most times.

For those wondering, the list of 31 players doesn’t include Josh Harrison, Sean Rodriguez, Corey Dickerson, Francisco Cervelli, Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, Felipe Rivero, George Kontos, Jordy Mercer, David Freese and Ivan Nova. All of them either agreed to arbitration earlier this off-season or they have contracts that already covered their 2018 salary. You might count 11 players there and think it’s two too many, but with Nick Burdi on the 60-day DL and Nik Turley on the restricted list, you have 42 total players on the 40-man roster.