Pirates will be quiet for sometime as free agency is under way


Ownership wants payroll under $40 million Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports. The Pittsburgh Pirates have $24 million committed to salaries for the 2010 season with the payroll expected to rise to $30-$32 million after arbitration raises. After dealing away a number of high priced veterans, Pittsburgh clearly has some money to spend in free agency but the team won’t be making any kind of splash. The Pirates will be looking for bargains as sources tell TIOPS, ownership has set a payroll ceiling for GM Neal Huntington at $38-$40 million. This coming after Jayson Stark mentioned this week that the Pirates get $80 million in revenue from MLB before even selling a ticket. Pittsburgh’s top priority is upgrading the bullpen but the team won’t be in on any of the top tier relievers and that includes former Pirate Mike Gonzalez. “Our focus is going to be more on theRead More »

Free Agency Buzz: SS Khalil Green an intriguing option for the Pirates


By John Perrotto The Pirates’ offense certainly could use help after finishing 15th in the 16-team National League in runs scored this year. The Pirates plan to look for that help through free agency once players being hitting the open market 15 days after the World Series ends. While the Pirates won’t be players for someone like Matt Holliday _ after all, they are owned by the penny-pinching Bob Nutting _ they are looking at a number of free agents who are still relatively young and could be signed at a reasonable price. The Pirates would like to add a corner infielder and one player they have targeted is Hank Blalock, who has spent his entire eight-year career with Texas. Blalock is just 28 but five years have passed since he made back-to-back appearances in the All-Star Game in 2003 and 2004. Blalock did play in 123 games this yearRead More »