Found October 31, 2011 on MLB Trade Rumors:
The Pirates formally told lefty Paul Maholm they will not pick up his 2012 option for $9.75MM, tweets Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Instead, they'll pay a $750K buyout.  Maholm commented, "The day I was put on the DL, I realized my time in Pittsburgh was done." The Pirates also formally told catcher Chris Snyder they're declining his $6.75MM club option in favor of a $750K buyout, according to Biertempfel. These two decisions plus the team's choice to decline Ryan Doumit's option should be announced today, leaving Ronny Cedeno as the only question.

Pirates to Officially Decline Options on Maholm and Snyder

The Pittsburgh Pirates will officially decline the options of Paul Maholm and Chris Snyder, according to Rob Biertempfel in two Twitter updates this morning (here and here).  Neither move comes as a surprise.  We’ve known for the last few weeks that the Pirates intended to decline each option.  The Pirates paid $750 K to buy out each player. The Pirates have until 12:01 AM Thursday...

Pirates decline options on Maholm, Snyder, two others

The Pittsburgh Pirates have declined the options on catchers Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit, shortstop Ronny Cedeno and pitcher Paul Maholm.Snyder will become a free agent after playing just 34 games this season due to a back issue. He batted .271 with three home runs and 17 RBIs.Doumit batted .303 with eight homers and 30 RBIs in 218 at-bats last season.Maholm had a solid season going...

Five Bucs sent to AAA

The Pirates declined four options this morning, sending Ronny Cedeno, Paul Maholm, Ryan Doumit, and Chris Snyder into the free agent market.  It looks like there will be more joining them, as the Bucs outrighted five more players to AAA – giving them the option to declare free agency as well. None are big surprises or big losses: Brandon Wood – The former top prospect was somewhat...

Pirates decline options for Cedeno, Maholm Doumit, Snyder

We knew that Paul Maholm, Ryan Doumit, and Chris Snyder were likely gone…but Ronny Cedeno too? That one is a surprise…and to me, a disappointment. I sure hope Neal Huntington isn’t planning on heading in to 2012 with Chase d’Arnaud as the starting shortstop. He’s got a lot of work to do this winter. ©2011 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved..

Pirates decline option on catcher Snyder

The Pittsburgh Pirates will decline catcher Chris Snyder's $6.75 million club option for 2012, according to an industry source.

Pirates decline options on Maholm, 3 others

The Pittsburgh Pirates have declined club options on pitcher Paul Maholm, infielder Ronny Cedeno and catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder.

Options declined on Sizemore, Maholm

The Indians announced they have declined their 2012 option on OF Grady Sizemore. The 29-year-old Sizemore just concluded a six year, $23.45 million contract he signed with the Indians in March, 2006. The Indians held an $8.5 million option for 2012 with a $500,000 buyout. He’s played in just 210 games since 2009 and has hit just .234 with 28 home runs and 109 RBI over that span...

Pirates bid farewell to four of their veterans

The Pirates decline options for shortstop Ronny Cedeno, pitcher Paul Maholm and catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder.

Official Elias Rankings Released

The official Elias rankings have been released, and as expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates have four players who qualify as Type B free agents.  The four players are Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, Derrek Lee, and Ryan Ludwick. The Pirates can get a first round compensation pick for each player in the 2012 draft.  In order to do so, they’d have to offer arbitration, and then the players...

Pirates decline Ronny Cedeno's option

With the decisions on their options due today, the Pirates did the expected and declined Paul Maholm, Ryan Doumit, and Chris Snyder's options, but they also came out of left field and declined Ronny Cedeno's option, as well. As previously discussed, Cedeno's not a super-star, but he played solid defense at shortstop last year and that makes him a valuable player, especially...

Why the Beginning of the Pirates' Off-Season Bugs Me

In lab, whenever someone is having an indordinate amount of trouble with an experiment, it's only a matter of time before someone says, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Usually it's said with an air of futility, because everyone goes through spells in their graduate career where they feel like...

Cedeno, 3 other veterans cut loose by Pirates

The Pirates declined club options Monday on catchers Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit, shortstop Ronny Cedeno and left-handed starter Paul Maholm, the team announced. The club was not expected to pick up the options on Snyder, Maholm or Doumit, though Cedeno seemed a possibility.
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