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T.Richardson
12-19-2008, 12:06 PM
Since there is no offseason thread, Im going to create one and keep it updated with Roster moves, signings, ect..

October 2008:

10/1/08 - Lanny Frattare retires after 30+ years of televsion and radio duties for the Buccos. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20081001&content_id=3578907&vkey=pr_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

10/20/08 - Joe Kerrigan is hired to replace Jeff Andrews as the Pirates' fourth pitching coach in the past five years. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081020&content_id=3633357&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

10/29/08 - John Van Benschoten. right-handers Marino Salas, Yoslan Herrera and Ronald Belisario removed from the 40-man roster. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081029&content_id=3652823&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

10/30/08 - Jason Michaels, and Luis Rivas join the free agent pool. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081031&content_id=3658928&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

November 2008:

11/7/08 - The Pirates filled the final vacancy in the Major League coaching staff on Friday, naming Perry Hill as the team's first-base coach for 2009. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081107&content_id=3670236&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

- Chris Duffy leaves te Bucs, Evan Meeks added to the 40 man roster. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081107&content_id=3669940&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

11/10/08 - Joe Ferrone named special assistant to GM. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081110&content_id=3673023&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

11/20/08 - The Pirates added third baseman Neil Walker, outfielder Jose Tabata and right-hander Jeff Sues. Also added were catcher Steve Lerud and right-handed reliever Ronald Uviedo to the 40 man roster. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081120&content_id=3686919&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

11/21/08 - Van Benschoten parts ways with the Bucs. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081121&content_id=3687611&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

11/24/08 - Bucs sign two Indian hurlers. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081124&content_id=3690968&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

- Hal Morris joins Bucs' scouting department. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081124&content_id=3690691&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

December 2008:

12/3/08 - Marc DelPiano joins the organization as a special assistant. A Former special assignment scout with Boston. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081203&content_id=3700666&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

12/4/08 - Dodgers interested in Wilson. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081204&content_id=3702685&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

12/5/08 - Bucs send right-hander Jason Davis and catcher Raul Chavez to Triple-A Indianapolis. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081205&content_id=3704042&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

- Left-hander Daniel Haigwood, who most recently pitched in the Red Sox farm system, and Maiko Loyola who played for the Rays' Class A Columbus sign a Minor League deal with Bucs. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081205&content_id=3703698&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

12/8/08 - The Pirates sign right-hander Brian Slocum and outfielder Yohan Silva to Minor League contracts. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081208&content_id=3706521&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

12/9/08 - Pirates looking at David Eckstein. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081209&content_id=3709116&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

12/10/08 - Pirates acquire Jaramillo for Paulino (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081210&content_id=3712388&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

- Pitcher Jason Davis, and Catcher Raul Chavez opt for Free Agency. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081210&content_id=3712175&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

- Pirates offer McLouth long term contract. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081210&content_id=3711653&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

- Pirates interested in Marlins infielder Robert Andino. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081210&content_id=3710822&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

12/11/08 - Pirates discussing whether or not to keep pitcher Denny Bautista. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081211&content_id=3713608&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

- Pirates nab hard throwng pitcher Donnie Veal from rule 5 draft. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081211&content_id=3713218&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

- Pirates negotiating a deal with Infielder Ramon Vazquez. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081211&content_id=3713266&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

12/13/08 - Pirates opt not to sign Bautista, intend to sign him to minor league deal. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081213&content_id=3716248&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

- Pirates sign Vazquez to 2 year deal. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081212&content_id=3715393&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

12/15/08 - Pirates interested in former Orioles right handed pitcher Daniel Cabrera (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081215&content_id=3718407&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

12/18/08 - Pirates name Tim Neverett play by play announcer. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081218&content_id=3720860&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

- Pirates close to signing Doumit to extension. (http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081218&content_id=3720626&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit)

pittsburghp8baller
12-19-2008, 01:19 PM
i hope we do get doumit the extension. we dont exactly have depth at catcher as far as i know so we need that stability at catcher. any idea on who our top catcher in the system is? it was walker until we moved him to third, would it be that jaramillaro guy we traded for?

if we really do sign daniel cabrera we could get a pitcher with ACE potential for cheap hopefully. he a blazing fastball and a good slider but he couldnt hit a broad side of the barn most of the times. last year he had 90 BB 95 SO 18 HBP 15 WP in jus 180 IP.

kingkulsteel
12-19-2008, 05:35 PM
Man it is so depressing to look at our news.

warddj86
12-19-2008, 05:35 PM
huh i think eckstein would help us, not only from a performance standpoint but als from an experience standpoint, he's been to the playoffs, won a world series, and has been part of big games, something the other pirates haven't experienced since 1992.

T.Richardson
12-19-2008, 06:13 PM
i hope we do get doumit the extension. we dont exactly have depth at catcher as far as i know so we need that stability at catcher. any idea on who our top catcher in the system is? it was walker until we moved him to third, would it be that jaramillaro guy we traded for?

if we really do sign daniel cabrera we could get a pitcher with ACE potential for cheap hopefully. he a blazing fastball and a good slider but he couldnt hit a broad side of the barn most of the times. last year he had 90 BB 95 SO 18 HBP 15 WP in jus 180 IP.

He is the only other catcher the Pirates have. The farm system really sucks though, the only prospects we have is McCutchen, Tabata, Walker, Ford, Alvarez, Lincoln (coming off tommy john), and Morris, some of them have not done as expected (Walker, Ford, and Lincoln)

X-Terminator
12-19-2008, 06:59 PM
He is the only other catcher the Pirates have. The farm system really sucks though, the only prospects we have is McCutchen, Tabata, Walker, Ford, Alvarez, Lincoln (coming off tommy john), and Morris, some of them have not done as expected (Walker, Ford, and Lincoln)

That's why the current administration is trying to infuse the team with young talent, but it's going to take some time. Bonifay and Littlebrain decimated the farm system and had terrible scouts. The jury is still out on Huntington and his scouting department, but I'm willing to give him some time because of his track record in Cleveland.

pittsburghp8baller
12-19-2008, 08:25 PM
huh i think eckstein would help us, not only from a performance standpoint but als from an experience standpoint, he's been to the playoffs, won a world series, and has been part of big games, something the other pirates haven't experienced since 1992.

i would only think we would sign eckstein if we unloaded j wilson and needed a short-term until bixler or that other shortstop are ready to take over (or get as ready as they can get)

i agree that our farm system is crap, its kind of pittiful, but our top prospects def got to give us some hope. lincoln pitched pretty good his first year back from tommy john, i think he was mostly in AA or high A. hopefully Alvarez is ready quick we could use his bat, but of course i dont want him rush.

Pirates .500 or better in 2010!!!!!

warddj86
12-19-2008, 08:31 PM
Pirates 2009 Stats:

103-59
1st in NL Central
2nd in MLB (Yankees)
HR Leader: Nate McLouth (51)
SB Leader: Freddy Sanchez (31)
MVP: Nate McLouth
NL Manager of the Year: John Russell
Park of the Year: PNC Park
AL Manager of the Year: Joe Girardi
Playoff Results:

NLDS- Pirates 3, Phillies 1
NLCS- Pirates 4, Cubs 0
WS- Pirates 4, Yankees 2

Watch it happen, with the Steelers SB over the Panthers, we go back to 1979 and coin the term, "city of champions"

SteelCityMan786
12-19-2008, 09:03 PM
Pirates 2009 Stats:

103-59
1st in NL Central
2nd in MLB (Yankees)
HR Leader: Nate McLouth (51)
SB Leader: Freddy Sanchez (31)
MVP: Nate McLouth
NL Manager of the Year: John Russell
Park of the Year: PNC Park
AL Manager of the Year: Joe Girardi
Playoff Results:

NLDS- Pirates 3, Phillies 1
NLCS- Pirates 4, Cubs 0
WS- Pirates 4, Yankees 2

Watch it happen, with the Steelers SB over the Panthers, we go back to 1979 and coin the term, "city of champions"

and we'll be blasting We Are Family again if that happens.

Remember folks though, there is an old saying about Winning/Losing by Mike Shanahan head coach of the Denver Broncos

"The More you keep losing, the closer you are to winning."

rbryan
12-20-2008, 01:57 AM
Hope you and Shanahan are right. If so the Pirates are closer to winning than anyone, but its pretty depressing when the best offseason aquisition is the new announcer. We don't have the salary budgeted for the entire team that the Yankees spent on the first two free agents...........BTW, they're just getting started.

No salary cap = no reason to watch baseball in da Burgh.

pittsburghp8baller
12-22-2008, 05:24 PM
Doumit gets three-year deal from Bucs
Catcher has high expectations for himself, team moving forward

PITTSBURGH -- Over the next few years, general manager Neal Huntington will continue to assemble the pieces that he believes are necessary for the Pirates to once again become a perennial contender.
And Ryan Doumit will be there through it all, as a building block now and, the Pirates hope, as a cornerstone later.

By the end of the 2008 season, Pirates management had identified three players -- Doumit, Nate McLouth and Paul Maholm -- as integral pieces to the organization. Management went into the offseason with plans to try to sign each to a multiyear deal that would cover years of arbitration and potentially years of free agency as well. The goal: to lock down the foundation for future success.

Check Doumit's name off that list.

The organization announced on Monday that Doumit has signed a three-year extension, which also includes a club option to extend the deal through 2012 and 2013. Word that an agreement had been reached surfaced on Sunday, though the deal didn't become official until after Doumit passed a physical in Pittsburgh on Monday morning.

If the club option is exercised through 2013, Doumit is in line to make at least $26.5 million over the next five years. Doumit's salary will be $2.05 million in 2009, $3.55 million in 2010 and $5.1 million in 2011. He also picked up a $300,000 signing bonus.

There is one club option that would exercise both 2012 and 2013 if the Pirates decide to do so. That option would pay Doumit $7.25 million in 2012 and $8.25 in 2013. The club also has the option of a $500,000 buyout.

A number of incentives are also attached to the contract that could potentially push the deal to over $27 million over five years.

"This contract has raised the bar in our eyes, in our fans' eyes and in Ryan's eyes," Huntington said. "He wants to be a great player, and he has to live up to this."

Though Doumit was under contract for the next three years, the extension gives the organization cost certainty in planning out future payrolls. The club options, if exercised, would also buy out Doumit's first and second years of free agency.

Looking genuinely humble from the podium at a press conference on Monday, Doumit relayed a sense of responsibility that comes along with the financial security that this contract gives him.

"Wow," he started. "I can't relate to you what I feel right now. But I also know that, with a contract like this comes high expectations. And no one has higher expectations of me than I do.

"I believe in myself," he continued. "I know what type of player I can be, and I know what type of player the fans expect. It's my job and my duty as a Pittsburgh Pirate to give those fans everything I have."

For those who spent time in the clubhouse watching the '08 team, it became evident that Doumit's role was quickly evolving into that of a clubhouse leader. On the field, he was one of the team's most potent offensive catalysts. And off the field, he was emerging as a fiery, outspoken leader -- a young Doug Mientkiewicz, of sorts.

"You're either on board or you aren't," he said of his attitude moving forward. "There are certain guys on this team who are on board. Everyone knows what it takes to win, and everyone wants to win. We're going to right this ship, and it's going to start with Day 1 of Spring Training. I truly believe there are going to be some special things happening."

It may seem surprising that such a large contract would be given to a player who has been a starter for just one year. However, it quickly became clear last spring that management saw Doumit as a critical component of the organization's offense long term.

More than anyone, it was new manager John Russell who saw something in Doumit right out of the chute. And being a former Major League catcher himself, Russell, along with coach Luis Dorante, tutored Doumit extensively this season, and the results of Doumit's work defensively were evident.

"JR obviously knew Ryan as a prospect, and JR recognized that Ryan was different and believed in him," Huntington said. "JR came in and allowed Doumit to compete for the starting catching job. The improvements that Doumit made behind the plate last year were substantial, even if there is still room for further improvement."

Add in Doumit's eventual offensive production, and that only solidified management's early assessments.

The switch-hitting catcher hit .318 overall with 15 homers and 69 RBIs in 116 games and finished with a .357 on-base percentage. He led all National League catchers with a .323 batting average and led the league with his .407 average with runners in scoring position.

It was quite the revelation for a player who had been limited in playing time during his first three years in the Majors because of injuries and then-starter Ronny Paulino.

"No, I wouldn't have believed [a year ago] I'd be standing here," Doumit said. "I was an outfielder and then back to catching and ... there was a lot of hard work that went into it, and I'm just so honored to be in this position right now. I can't even tell you."

Doumit, a second-round selection in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, also used 2008 to break through the injury-prone label that had trailed him. He spent just one short stint on the disabled list in 2008, and this after the Pirates moved him back to being exclusively a full-time catcher.

Furthermore, Doumit's work ethic and offseason conditioning regimen became an oft-cited example by management and coaches to his teammates.

"This contract did not happen because Ryan Doumit had a great year," Huntington said. "It happened because he worked hard, gave it all he had, showed team dedication and proved himself to be someone we could build around. And he's not done. There's more to come."

Doumit, who earned $412,000 last season, is the first of seven arbitration-eligible players that the Pirates have now signed. Though the club attempted to sign McLouth, a first-time arbitration eligible player, to a multiyear deal, Pirates president Frank Coonelly characterized those negotiations as not looking good. As a result, the two sides will now likely focus their efforts on reaching a one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

Negotiations with Maholm are in the early stages. The other four arbitration-eligible players -- Tyler Yates, Adam LaRoche, Zach Duke and John Grabow -- will likely come to one-year agreements as well.

Doumit is the fourth player that the Pirates have signed to a multiyear deal since Huntington and Coonelly assumed their positions late in 2007. Matt Capps, Freddy Sanchez and Ian Snell all signed similar deals early this year that bought out at least one year of arbitration eligibility.

pittsburghp8baller
12-22-2008, 05:26 PM
so much for Daniel Cabrera, actually would of love to of seen him as a pirate

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081220&content_id=3724286&vkey=news_was&fext=.jsp&c_id=was

SteelCityMan786
12-22-2008, 05:38 PM
Oh well. At least Doumit will be a Pirate.

T.Richardson
12-22-2008, 07:33 PM
Im glad the Bucs signed a good catcher, Doumit is a great player.

SteelCityMan786
12-22-2008, 08:22 PM
Im glad the Bucs signed a good catcher, Doumit is a great player.

He's the only good one they have now.

steelpride12
12-22-2008, 09:14 PM
Here is when ill be happy. Pirates fire their owner a greedy bastard!

SteelCityMan786
12-22-2008, 09:49 PM
Here is when ill be happy. Pirates fire their owner a greedy bastard!

You'll have to hope to the MLB does it.

warddj86
12-27-2008, 04:17 PM
He's the only good one they have now.

Nuh-Uh, McLouth had a great season last year, if we trade him for spare parts like we did for Jason Bay, I'll go to PNC Park and light the scoreboard on fire,:banging:

SteelCityMan786
12-27-2008, 04:39 PM
Nuh-Uh, McLouth had a great season last year, if we trade him for spare parts like we did for Jason Bay, I'll go to PNC Park and light the scoreboard on fire,:banging:

I should have specified.

only good CATCHER.

T.Richardson
01-06-2009, 02:38 PM
PITTSBURGH -- The year began with renewed expectations and anticipation stemming from sweeping changes in the front office that took place at the end of the 2007 season. However, a change in decision makers ultimately did nothing to change the results in '08.
For the third time in four seasons, the Pirates finished at the bottom of the National League Central and with just 67 wins. It was a season in which the club surprised many with its early offensive capabilities, yet endured pitching struggles from Opening Day until the end of September.


Of the number of storylines that presented themselves over the past 12 months, it would have to be those pitching woes that defined the season. For the first four months of the year, new manager John Russell pleasantly watched his offense become one of the best run-producing units in the league. Simultaneously, however, the Pirates endured rotation-wide struggles.

"You think we pitch better, the way we were hitting, yeah," Russell said recently when asked if he often wonders how different the team results would have been if the starting pitching had been up to par.

As a result, the Pirates found themselves out of the playoff hunt midway through the season, which resulted in two immediately debilitating Trade Deadline deals. Though the Pirates netted eight young players in return, the last two months were tumultuous, as the pitching continued to struggle and the offense stumbled.

The starting staff finished the season with a Major League-low 33 wins and a National League-worst 5.36 ERA. No starter finished with 10 wins, the first time that had happened since 1890.

Still, despite another losing season, there are signs that the organization has laid the groundwork for steps forward. The 2008 season showcased the emergence of three young players -- Ryan Doumit, Paul Maholm and Nate McLouth -- who are all likely to be fixtures with the organization for many years. And Russell's mantra about changing the clubhouse culture did seem to have an impact.

http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081221&content_id=3724936&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit

Hopefully if Gorzelanny, Snell, Duke can retain there fromer playing form. Especially Duke, if Jim Tracy didnt mess with his pitching delivery, Duke wouldnt be doing so bad. and as for Maholm, I just hope he continues what he did last year, with Grabow, setting up closer Matt Capps, I can see some glimmer of hope with the pitching. IF the pitching gets better, and the offense plays like it did the first 4 months of last year, the Bucs could be a scary team.

steelpride12
01-06-2009, 04:29 PM
Pitching is what we need fixed now. Our starter last season just didn't get the job done and a few off season picks up would be amazing.

pittsburghp8baller
01-14-2009, 07:32 PM
Pirates signed Craig Monroe to a minor league contract the other day, i guess he was the right-handed bat we were looking for.

X-Terminator
01-14-2009, 09:29 PM
Pirates signed Craig Monroe to a minor league contract the other day, i guess he was the right-handed bat we were looking for.

Not if he was signed to a minor-league deal. That means he isn't good enough to make a major-league roster. In other words, your typical Pittsburgh Pirates move.

pittsburghp8baller
01-16-2009, 08:20 PM
Not if he was signed to a minor-league deal. That means he isn't good enough to make a major-league roster. In other words, your typical Pittsburgh Pirates move.

i think he is coming off an injury last year, he only played 58 games last year. if thats the case i can see why no one would offer him a big league contract. ive noticed in baseball people are more hesitant to sign people coming off of injuries, but if he returns to form thats a nice steal for us.

hey they are trying right? Jonny Gomes is out there, but i doubt the Pirates even thought of calling him.

T.Richardson
02-05-2009, 10:11 PM
Pirates have new uniforms (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090123&content_id=3767322&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit&partnerId=rss_pit)

PITTSBURGH -- Prior to the start of the weekend's PirateFest activities, the Pirates unveiled the four uniforms that will be used in 2009.
The changes were made in large part to identify closely with the team's history and tradition. Among the changes are the elimination of the team's alternate red jersey and the introduction of a new black, button-down jersey to take its place.

The new black alternate jersey, which will be worn on select home and road games, is adorned with the classic gold "P" on the left chest. The Pirate "P" is making a return onto the jersey for the first time in 74 years. It was back in 1935 that a "P," which was red and located on the left chest, was last found on the jersey.

The standard gold "P" logo now used was first introduced in 1948 when it was sewn onto the team's solid black caps.

"The Pirate "P" had a storied history," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said at the team's annual Hot Stove luncheon for the media on Friday. "Some of our great early teams wore the "P" on the front or sleeve of the jersey."

Those storied teams included both the 1909 and 1925 World Series championship teams. The 1909 team wore a white "P" on their blue caps. The 1925 club had the Pirate "P" on the sleeves of its jerseys.

In addition to the new uniform, the Pirates have also reintroduced sleeves to their home and road jerseys. The team has worn sleeveless jerseys as part of both the home and road uniform since PNC Park opened in 2001. Similar sleeveless uniforms had also been worn by the organization's World Series championship 1960 team.

However, the decision to go back to a jersey with sleeves was again part of the effort to identify with the uniform style of the most successful Pirates teams in the organization's history. Four of the five world championships won by the Pirates were won by players that had sleeved jerseys.

"It's our history and our tradition and we are rebuilding our history and tradition," Coonelly said.

Other than the addition of sleeves, the team's white home jersey and gray away jersey remain unchanged.

The Pirates have decided to keep the sleeveless pinstriped jersey as well, only to be worn for Sunday home games.

"The sleeveless jersey also has a special place in our history, having been worn by the great 1960 Championship team and for much of the Hall of Fame careers of the great Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski," Connelly said.

The color red, which was brought back into the uniforms in 1997, is now gone altogether. In addition to the red jerseys no longer being worn, the red line on the team's batting practice cap has also been removed.

Here's what they look like:

http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2009/01/23/GVSP8bKq.jpg

T.Richardson
02-05-2009, 10:15 PM
Pirates sign Maholm and Hinske (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090130&content_id=3785698&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit&partnerId=rss_pit)

On Friday, the Pirates secured the long-term services of their breakout star pitcher and also signed a fourth outfielder.
After physicals were passed, lefty starter Paul Maholm inked a three-year contract worth $14.5 million with a fourth-year club option for 2012 worth $9.75 million. Veteran outfielder Eric Hinske also signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million with incentives that could add another $1 million.

Maholm, who avoided arbitration with the signing, emerged as Pittsburgh's ace in 2008, when he went 9-9 with a 3.71 ERA and established career highs in innings pitched (206 1/3), strikeouts (139) and starts (31).

"I'm extremely happy," Maholm said during a press conference at PNC Park. "I couldn't be happier right now to get it done. It's kind of a load off me. Now, it's all about baseball and winning. You don't have to worry about going year-to-year. Some guys prefer it, but for me, this is perfect."

Scheduled to make $3.5 million this season, $4.5 million in 2010 and $5.75 million in 2011, the 26-year-old Maholm has all three arbitration years settled. A year of potential free agency is also covered if the option is exercised. The buyout for 2012 is worth $750,000.

"Both sides were realistic in their expectations," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "Both sides wanted this to happen. His makeup, intelligence and pitch arsenal make us confident we'll feel as good four years from now as we do today."

Over his four seasons with Pittsburgh, Maholm has gone 30-35 with a 4.30 ERA in 96 starts. In 2007, he was 10-15 with a 5.02 ERA and pitched only 177 2/3 innings over 29 starts. He was the Pirates' first-round selection (eighth overall) in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

Last offseason, Maholm sought to take his career to the next level and made efforts to get into better shape. He also developed more maturity and his efforts proved successful both on the mound and, ultimately, in his checking account.

"I was upset with myself that I missed starts in '07," Maholm said. "I wanted to make sure I did everything possible to not have that happen again. To me, if you're in the starting five you should expect to go 200 innings. That should be your starting-out goal. To reach it was rewarding, but also made me go into this offseason knowing that I had to work even harder and make sure I came in even better shape and there are never any questions of whether I'm prepared to go out there."

Maholm's contract marks the second multi-year deal handed out by the Pirates this offseason, and the fifth time overall that Huntington has avoided arbitration with players by giving them long-term contracts.

In December, catcher Ryan Doumit signed a three-year contract worth $11.5 million with a two-year club option for 2012-13. Both Maholm and Doumit were arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.

Outfielder Nate McLouth now remains the lone Pirates player eligible for arbitration.


The left-handed-hitting Hinske batted .247 with 20 home runs and 60 RBIs in 133 games last season with the Rays. The 31-year-old can play both corner outfield positions, first base and third base.
Hinske, who was the 2002 American League Rookie of the Year with the Blue Jays, played in Toronto from 2002-06 and with the Red Sox in 2006-07. With Tampa Bay and Boston, he's appeared in the last two World Series.

"He's a great fit," Huntington said. "He's a blue-collar player, gritty. He's been around a winning environment."

Over his seven-year career, Hinske has batted .254 with 105 homers and 399 RBIs. As Spring Training loomed just two weeks away, he said he had about eight offers from around the league, but the Pirates contacted him a few days after he filed for free agency and pursued his services hard.

Going into camp, Hinske is expected to be a reserve outfielder but could slide into the starting left field spot should Nyjer Morgan not be able to retain his role. His signing could likely spell the end of utility player Doug Mientkiewicz's time in Pittsburgh, since the club now seems loaded with left-handed hitters.

"They were straightforward with me, and I appreciated that," Hinske said. "When I spoke to Neal Huntington, he assured me I'd get an opportunity to get some at-bats and be a big part of the clubhouse. It's been all positive for me. It seems like a pretty good opportunity for me. I'm happy to be a Pirate."

Another move is pending for Pittsburgh to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Hinske.

Crushzilla
02-06-2009, 12:02 AM
Eric Hinske.

Eh. Why the hell not.

Hinske for Mientkiewicz?

Bummer.

T.Richardson
02-17-2009, 12:39 PM
Nate McLouth Signs Extension

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Outfielder Nate McLouth reached agreement Tuesday with the Pittsburgh Pirates on a $15.75 million, three-year contract that includes a team option for 2012.

The agreement was struck hours before the scheduled start of a salary arbitration hearing in Phoenix.

McLouth hit .276 last season with 26 home runs and 94 RBIs. He was on the NL All-Star team and won a Gold Glove in center field.

He gets a $1.5 million signing bonus and salaries of $2 million this year; $4.5 million in 2010; and $6.5 million in 2011. Pittsburgh has a $10.65 million option for 2012, with a $1.25 million buyout.

In addition, he can earn up to $1.75 million in escalators. For 2011 and 2012, his salary could increase by up to $500,000 annually: $200,000 if he was an All-Star the previous year; $200,000 if he was a Gold Glove winner the previous year; and $100,000 if he was a Sliver Slugger winner the previous year.

McLouth was eligible for arbitration for the first time after making $425,500 last year. When players and teams exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month, he asked for $3.8 million, and the Pirates were offering $2.75 million

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3912629


Sweetness!!

SteelCityMan786
02-17-2009, 07:07 PM
Nate McLouth Signs Extension

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Outfielder Nate McLouth reached agreement Tuesday with the Pittsburgh Pirates on a $15.75 million, three-year contract that includes a team option for 2012.

The agreement was struck hours before the scheduled start of a salary arbitration hearing in Phoenix.

McLouth hit .276 last season with 26 home runs and 94 RBIs. He was on the NL All-Star team and won a Gold Glove in center field.

He gets a $1.5 million signing bonus and salaries of $2 million this year; $4.5 million in 2010; and $6.5 million in 2011. Pittsburgh has a $10.65 million option for 2012, with a $1.25 million buyout.

In addition, he can earn up to $1.75 million in escalators. For 2011 and 2012, his salary could increase by up to $500,000 annually: $200,000 if he was an All-Star the previous year; $200,000 if he was a Gold Glove winner the previous year; and $100,000 if he was a Sliver Slugger winner the previous year.

McLouth was eligible for arbitration for the first time after making $425,500 last year. When players and teams exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month, he asked for $3.8 million, and the Pirates were offering $2.75 million

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3912629


Sweetness!!

This is a GREAT move by the Pirates with McLouth. Hopefully he's even more productive and some guys can give him a supporting cast in 2009.

steelpride12
03-09-2009, 08:07 PM
Im really excited for the season and watching their pre season games shows again alot of potential for our buccos, they got power at the bats now and still the same veterans as always. Pirates come on do it for your city and fans!