Found January 16, 2014 on RotoBaller:
  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 [...]

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...

Pirates, Snider agree to 1-year contract

The Pirates and outfielder Travis Snider on Thursday avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.2 million contract for 2014, sources confirmed to the Tribune-Review. Snider, 25, was in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He made $505,000 last season. The Pirates have five remaining unsigned players: third baseman Pedro Alvarez, second baseman Neil Walker, first baseman Gaby...

Pirates avoid arbitration with 6 players

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with all six players who had filed for arbitration, including third baseman Pedro Alvarez and second baseman Neil Walker. The 26-year-old Alvarez will make $4.25 million in 2014. Alvarez is coming off an All-Star season in which he hit a career-high 36 home runs. Walker will make $5.75 million. He hit .251 with 16 home runs and 53 RBIs...

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...

It's arbitration season

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...

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...

2014 ZiPS Projections – Pittsburgh Pirates

After having typically appeared in the entirely venerable pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections were released at FanGraphs last year. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / […]

The 2014 ZiPS projections for the Pirates are out and not depressing

For years and years, one of my most depressing mid-winter rituals was to get really excited on the day that Dan Szymborski would release the Pirates' ZiPS projections, click the link, and then get really, really sad about the Pirates' prospects for the upcoming season. Today, FanGraphs has this year's ZiPS projections for the Pirates this morning, and they're actually...

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...

Pirates, Snider avoid arbitration

Outfielder Travis Snider and the Pirates agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million deal averting a potential arbitration hearing.

Everyone avoids arbitration

Here are the numbers (they're all one-year deals):  Neil Walker - $5.75 million Pedro Alvarez - $4.25 million Mark Melancon - $2.6 million Gaby Sanchez - $2.3 million Vin Mazzaro - $950,000 This is all more or less within the range of expected values, with Walker getting a bit more money than expected and Melancon getting a little bit less. It's certainly...

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...

Travis Snider avoids arbitration

The Pirates will not go to arbitration with Travis Snider because late last night he signed a one-year deal with the club for $1.2 million. There are still five arbitration eligible players left and they happen to be the five most interestesting Pirates out of the six that filed for arbitration this week, but I suppose that we can use this opportunity to talk about Snider a little...
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