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...
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