As I wrote two weeks ago, the Pirates’ whirlwind 2018 offseason ended up to basically being much ado about nothing.

The Pirates traded two of the better players from their 2017 team, angered much of the fan base, set off a hot take wildfire in the media, only to end up with a win total just slightly below where they would have been otherwise, with a higher variance.

Of course, there is another part of the offseason that I only briefly touched on in that post. The Pirates’ moves this offseason, while not having a massive effect on their 2018 win total, did save the club a whole lot of money.

Pirates Prospects is currently estimating the Pirates’ 2018 payroll at $83.8 million. That’s a decrease of over $16 million dollars from 2017 and doesn’t even begin to take into account the one...

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