Thursday, December 8, 2011

I Can't Believe I'm Writing About the Pittsburgh Pirates

I've grown weary of the Pujols-palooza.  Real weary.  So I wanted to mention a team that I think has quietly been making some very good, albeit not splashy, moves.  Yep, that's right.  The Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Early in the offseason, they signed Clint Barmes to a two-year $10.5 million dollar contract.  Barmes will never be a game-changer, but he has always been a solid player, and he will slot in as their everyday shortstop.  Given where it looks like the shortstop market is headed, what I initially thought was too much money could turn out to be a bargain.
  • Then, during the winter meetings, they signed two high-upside players for low-cost one-year deals in Nate McClouth ($1.75 million) who used to be a Pirate, and Erik Bedard ($4.5 million).
Like I said, nothing splashy, but they are efficiently filling holes, as they add to a talented young nucleus.

By the way, as I am typing this, the news just broke that Albert is singing with the Angels for ten years, between $250-$260 million.  There will be a post up with reaction sometime later today, after some of the dust settles.

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