Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/7/14

Camp is now in full swing down in Bradenton. While it’s certainly great to have news tidbits, pictures, and videos flowing in…there’s honestly not a whole lot to talk about yet. You should all be following Bill Brink, Michael Sanserino, Rob Biertempfel, Tom Singer, and Kristy Robinson to make sure you don’t miss any of those news bits, because I’m not going to be able to post every little thing here.

We still have a little over a week until the games start. The “Black and Gold game” is on March 2nd, and the first official spring game is March 3rd against the Blue Jays. Here’s the full spring schedule. 

Some links and things:

  • It turns out that the new “draft pool” will lead to a much smaller budget than the Pirates anticipated — it will be just over $6.5 million. You may recall that Frank Coonelly said he was not upset about the new regulations, but at PirateFest he told us in an interview that he was expecting about $10M. Charlie followed up with him (and Baseball America’s Jim Callis) and has the full explanation here.
  • Part of the problem (but far from the entire problem) there is that it’s looking more and more like the Pirates won’t get a compensation pick for Derrek Lee. Lee still hasn’t signed anywhere yet and has indicated that he’ll retire if he doesn’t get an offer he really likes. Since camps are open, it’s looking like he will indeed end up retiring–leaving the Bucs without the free agent comp pick they expected for him.
  • A.J. Burnett seems like a pretty good guy, interacting well with the media early on. His interview with the Fan in particular was pretty entertaining. It sound like Burnett’s going to take the place of Paul Maholm as the stealthy guy who pies people in the face during postgame interviews (he did this in New York often).
  • Sean’s Ramblings is holding the annual Pittsburgh Sports Blog tournament. I won’t bother you too much about this because of that whole scholarship thing a few months ago, but feel free to head on over and vote for me (and some other great blogs). 

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