What Would a Starling Marte Contract Extension Mean to the Pirates?

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Unless you consider a fifth-starter reclamation job and a handful of wait-and-see organizational promotions exhilarating, it’s been an awfully quiet offseason for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Not so for the Atlanta Braves, who earlier this winter signed the future core of their franchise to five contract extensions totaling 27 years and over $280 million in just […]

NL Scores: Halladay Handles Marlins, D-Backs Walk-Off on Dodgers

Roy Halladay  secured his 200th career victory pitching  eight strong innings against the Miami Marlins to win 2-1. Halladay  allowed five hits, walked one and lowered his ERA from 14.73 to 7.63. The Marlins rank last in the major leagues in runs scored and home runs and were playing without Giancarlo Stanton who was out for […]

NL Scores: Gonzalez Leads Nats, Halladay Rocked, Harvey K’s 10

Gio Gonzalez  hit his second career home run and tossed six shutout innings to help the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 3-0. Gonzalez (1-0), a 21-game winner in 2012 who finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting, allowed only two hits, along with five strikeouts and two walks.  It was the second consecutive shutout […]

Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein’s Patient Approach to Rebuilding

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After two World Series titles raised the expectations of the Boston Red Sox and their wunderkind GM Theo Epstein, the Red Sox Way, as it’s sometimes called, abandoned its steady approach to organizational depth in favor of win-now, Yankees-style spending. Those win-now contracts currently reside on the L.A. Dodgers’ ledger. Similarly, Epstein now resides in […]

Pirates 2013 Opening Day Payroll to Grow, But Not Really

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 The Pirates have the 9th-highest local viewership of MLB’s 30 teams The Pittsburgh Pirates project to have a 2013 Opening Day payroll somewhere around $65 million, according to Pirates Prospects. While that would classify as the richest Opening Day roster in club history, it doesn’t necessarily point to a more spend-happy front office. It’s a product […]

Andrew McCutchen, Chris Sale and MLB’s Biggest Salary Bargains

McCutchen is baseballs most valuable players, in salary if not in stats. Cutch is earning just $500,000 in an MVP-worthy season (photo Keith Allison / flickr)

Baseball players get paid. Period. North America’s only major team sport to operate without a salary cap has often been derided for the uneven playing field created by its lack of payroll parity, but you’ll hear no complaints coming from its player’s union. Perhaps that’s why Major League Baseball—in the midst of a lockout-shortened 2012 […]