Tag: Payroll

Breaking Down the Pirates’ 2019 Year-End Payroll

With the season behind us, it’s finally time to look at where the payroll ended up for 2019. I’ve been tracking it since Day 1 of the season, and it’s always fun to analyze changes throughout the year. My favorite part of tracking payroll is to compare the official Competitive Balance Tax numbers released after […]
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An Early Look at an Estimated 2020 Payroll

Once any realistic hopes are gone for playoff contention, there’s not much left to look forward to in sports, especially if a team falls out of contention relatively early. For the Pirates, few individual storylines remain, aside from Bryan Reynolds’ run at a battle title and Rookie of the Year Award. In reality, the rest […]
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A History of Pirates’ Payroll Change at the Trade Deadline

Leading up to the Trade Deadline, the hope of many fans wanting to see the Pirates buying from just a few weeks ago had been replaced with sadness and despair due to the team’s recent swoon. Instead of hoping to pick up a piece or two at the deadline, now all fans could do was […]
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Injury Impact to the Pirates’ Payroll

It’s no secret—injuries have significantly derailed the Pirates’ season. Many weren’t overly hopeful about the team’s chances this year, but many predicted at least a strong chance to finish above .500, as the team was largely the same as last season and it’s a feat they achieved then. While the club knew about and could […]
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Neal Huntington Discusses Spending Extra Payroll, Intent to Add at the...

PITTSBURGH – As I calculate it, the Pirates have a current projected payroll of a little over $96 M. That figure removes money from what the Pirates saved from Jung Ho Kang’s 2017 salary ($2.75 M, assuming he will miss the entire year) and Starling Marte’s time on the restricted list (just under $2.2 M). […]
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First Pitch: How Much Did the Pirates’ Payroll Increase in 2014?

Today I updated the 2014 40-man roster and payroll page, adding all of the moves from the September call-ups. Typically, these are the final moves that need to be added to get a payroll estimate for the year. There’s a chance that the Pirates could call up more players, or acquire help for the stretch […]
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First Pitch: The Only Thing About TV Revenue That Matters

The controversy surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates’ local TV deal is a strange one. The Pirates are considered a small market team, or low revenue if you prefer. Their TV deal has been reported to be one of the lowest in the game, in a time where teams are signing huge TV contracts right and left. […]
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First Pitch: How Long Will Pedro Alvarez Be a Pittsburgh Pirate?

Today I recapped the third base position, which was mostly a recap of how Pedro Alvarez did in 2013 and how there are no internal options to eventually replace Alvarez at third base. Later in the evening, Alvarez won his first Silver Slugger award after leading all NL third basemen with 36 home runs. In […]
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First Pitch: 40-Man Roster Updates and Wandy Rodriguez Thoughts

At the start of the off-season, I decided to only do First Pitch on Monday-Thursday, unless there’s big news over the weekend. There just aren’t enough off-season topics to do one every night. So far the break on the weekends has been glorious. However, I felt the need for a short update tonight due to […]
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Defining Large, Mid, and Small Markets

Oftentimes you’ll hear that Team X is a Large Market team or that Team Y is a Small Market Team.  But aside from knowing that the Yankees are a large market team and Pittsburgh is a small market team, how are the other teams defined?  And what exactly is a mid market team? Using readily […]
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