Found January 15, 2014 on WHYGAVS?:
Six Pirates (Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, Gaby Sanchez, Mark Melancon, Vin Mazzaro, and Travis Snider) filed for aribtration last night, which was something that was completely expected but is also what passes for Pirate news in the middle of January. The Pirates tendered all six players with contract offers in December and they haven't agreed to deals yet with any of them, so arbitration is the next step. The arbitration hearings themselves aren't until February, and chances are good the Pirates will work out agreements with most of these players before then.  Bill Brink linked on Twitter today to the MLBTR arbitration estimates from the fall and used that to guesstimate the team's payroll this year at somewhere close $80 million. If you work from there with the knowledge that the club offered James Loney ~$7 million per year (we don't know their exact offer, but Loney said it was competitive with the Rays' offer that he ended up choosing) and that they'd...

Six Pirates file for arbitration; Taillon invited to camp

Six Pirates — Pedro Alvarez, Vin Mazzaro, Mark Melancon, Gaby Sanchez, Travis Snider and Neil Walker — were among the 146 major league players who filed for salary arbitration Tuesday. Walker and Sanchez are in their second year of eligibility. The others are going through the process for the first time. The filings were a formality, meaning none of the players — who are...

Pittsburgh Pirates Hot Stove: MLB News & Fantasy Baseball Analysis

  Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Team Outlook The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates will be out to prove that last season was no fluke. They should carry over the momentum of their first winning season and playoff appearance in 21 years and doing so will most likely put them back in the playoffs. The Buccos are a team [...]

This is the Creepiest Thing Involving a Pirates Hat

This comes from Anna, originally from this Twitter account. It's one of those Twitter accounts that posts photos all day and has a stupid amount of followers. I deal with these all the time...once those accounts tweet out pictures of mini ponies or anything small and cute, I get sent the pics from readers. In a venn diagram of PSAMP and those insanely-popular photo Twitters,...

Player Profile #145: A.J. Burnett | SP | FA

Full disclosure: Recent reports indicate that people close to A.J. Burnett believe he’s likely to retire. That would be unfortunate for fantasy owners, but we’ll know by draft time whether that actually happens. Until he hangs up the cleats, we’ll treat him as if he’s going to sign somewhere. Last season, Burnett set career high a career high in K% (26.1) and came close to...

News and notes: Replay, Snider, payroll

The off-season continues to drag on without any significant Pirates news, but things haven’t been totally silent this week… Expanded instant replay is officially happening in 2014. We mostly knew this already, but now that it has been 100% approved, a lot of the details and logistics have been revealed for the first time. Here’s the full release. I think think the system sounds...

Rod Barajas retires, goes into managing

Rod Barajas has officially called it a career after 14 seasons in the majors, but he’s not going to be out of work: Corey Brock of reports that the 37-year-old longtime catcher has already accepted a new job as the Padres’ rookie-ball manager. Last season Barajas was released by the Diamondbacks during spring training, with Arizona opting for Wil Nieves to back up Miguel Montero.

Bucs invite four players to big league camp

The Pittsburgh Pirates have invited the following four players to Major League spring training, which is scheduled to begin February 13 in Bradenton, Florida.

Pirates will make first Sunday Night Baseball appearance since 2002

It's a month until pitchers and catchers report! Which means... mostly nothing, because I'm really only interested in seeing actual, regular season baseball come back. Regardless, it will be time to hear the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, and all that jazz again soon. Given that it's the first year of a brand new television contract, we're especially interested...

Rockies Sign Michael McKenry

The Rockies have signed catcher Michael McKenry to a minor league deal with a Spring Training invitation, tweets Troy Renck of the Denver Post. McKenry will earn $750K if he makes the MLB roster. The 28-year-old McKenry opened some eyes with his 2012 season, when he hit .233/.320/.442 with 12 home runs in 275 plate appearances for the Pirates. With strong defense, McKenry notched...

Rod Barajas calls it a career

Rod Barajas has officially retired after 14 seasons in the majors. But, he is not going to be out of work, as Corey Brock of reports that the 37-year-old catcher has already accepted a new job as the San Diego Padres’ rookie-ball manager. Last season Barajas was released by the Diamondbacks during spring training, with Arizona selecting Wil Nieves to back up their...

Rod Barajas retires to become manager in Padres' organization

Veteran catcher Rod Barajas, who last played in the Major Leagues in 2012, has retired.  Corey Brock, who covers the San Diego Padres for, tweeted the following on Barajas.Rod Barajas, who spent 14 seasons in the big leagues, will manage the #Padres AZL entry. Team tried to acquire him in the past as a player.— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) January 14, 2014slgckgc via...

John Buck close to a deal with Mariners

The Mariners are close to a deal with free agent catcher John Buck (Morosi, Jan. 13). Buck, 33, hit .219 with 15 HR (14 before the All-Star break) and 62 RBI between the Mets and Pirates in 2013. The Mets had interest in reacquiring Buck, who was looking for a guaranteed deal. From what I could gather, the Mets didn’t want to lock up a roster spot with a back-up catcher, knowing...

Rod Barajas Retires

Journeyman catcher Rod Barajas has announced his retirement. Many remember Barajas (or do they?) from his brief stint with the Phillies sharing time with Carlos Ruiz in the glorious '07 campaign. In 48 games in '07 he hit a rather unremarkable .230/.352/.393 and eventually lost his job to Chris Coste....

Padres add Rod Barajas as minor league manager

The San Diego Padres have signed Rod Barajas as the manager of their rookie-level team in the Arizona League. Barajas, 38, was a solid backstop for 14 seasons playing as recently as 2012 with Pittsburgh. If this is the end of the road for Barajas he will end his career with a .235/.284/.407 line with 136 home runs and 480 RBI. Rod Barajas, who spent 14 seasons in the big leagues...
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