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The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't pass on the chance to draft Paul Skenes. Less than one year ago, the Pirates had the first overall pick in a draft loaded with talent at the top described as "generational". There...
I love bullpen games. I'll start with the disclaimer that it is difficult for me to get into the fan mindset, where I need a specific outcome from any single Pittsburgh Pirates game. I run this site...

Pirates Business: The Domestic Reserve List

Prior to the 2021 season, Major League Baseball finalized a plan to streamline the minors, dropping 42 affiliated teams and settling at 120—four affiliates...

Pirates Business: Arbitration

It’s been a while, but we have another deadline! This Friday, teams and players eligible for arbitration will have to exchange salary figures for 2023,...

Pirates Business: Competitive Balance Tax Changes

For as downtrodden and destitute as Major League Baseball franchises would like you to believe they are, a lot of money has been committed...

Pirates Business: Where the Pirates Stand at This Point in the Offseason

For the holiday season, it was requested of me to keep this “light and simple”. Well, I’ve never been very good at light and simple,...

Pirates Business: Estimating the 2023 Draft Pool

To be honest, I’m always looking for something I can spreadsheet about, especially when it comes to baseball. After the lockout last year, when the...

Pirates Business: The Pre-Arbitration Bonus Pool

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement has given me so many great new features to learn about and cover: the Prospect Promotion Incentive, the draft...

Pirates Business: A History of Pittsburgh Pirates Rule 5 Selections

Lots and lots of digital ink has been spilt regarding the Rule 5 Draft around here lately, but I figured I’d give one last...

Pirates Business: A Primer for the 2023 MLB Draft Lottery

Since the offseason started, I’ve been using this weekly space to jump from one demarcation point to the next — as that’s what the...

Pirates Business: Examining the Potential Triple-A Reserve List

In an offseason as slow as Major League Baseball’s, there’s nothing like a transaction deadline. This past Tuesday was the date to file reserve lists...

Pirates Business: Who Do The Pirates Need to Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

Early in the MLB offseason, one deadline begets another. Several deadlines passed this past week, but two more are right around the corner—the deadline for...

Previewing the Upcoming Pirates 40-Man Roster Churn

FINALLY!!! With the Houston Astros win last night, the World Series is officially over, meaning the offseason can finally kick off into full gear. That means...

A Look at Upcoming Minor League Free Agents

It takes until after the World Series ends for the offseason to really kick into high gear. Major league players become free agents immediately after...
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