Effect of the Deadline on the 2008 Pirate Roster

If only for the sake of quick reference, I figured I’d put together a where-we-stand chart for the Pirates’ roster as of the beginning of August.
The left columns represent the 25-man roster (and corresponding salaries) of the Pittsburgh Pirates as of Opening Day 2007. The right columns represent my best guess as to what the roster will look like as of April 2008.
I’ve made a handful of assumptions:

  • Jack Wilson will be traded—either before August 31 or over the course of the off-season
  • Shawn Chacon will leave via free agency; the Pirates may or may not offer him salary arbitration
  • The Pirates will buy out the $5.45 million option for 2008 on Cesar Izturis’ contract or elect to offer him a multi-year deal at a reduced rate
  • The $5 million mutual option for 2008 on Tony Armas’ contract will not be picked up
  • Openings on the bench and in the bullpen will be filled from within the organization
  2007   2008
C Ronny Paulino C Ronny Paulino


Automatic Re-sign

1B Adam LaRoche 1B Adam LaRoche


Arbitration Eligible

2B Freddy Sanchez 2B Freddy Sanchez


Arbitration Eligible

3B Jose Bautista 3B Jose Bautista


Automatic Re-sign

SS Jack Wilson SS (Opening)


Free Agent

LF Jason Bay LF Jason Bay



CF Chris Duffy CF (Opening)


Free Agent

RF Xavier Nady RF Xavier Nady


Arbitration Eligible

BN Humberto Cota BN Ryan Doumit


Automatic Re-sign

BN Ryan Doumit BN Jose Castillo


Arbitration Eligible

BN Jose Castillo BN (Opening)



BN Nate McLouth BN (Opening)



BN Brad Eldred BN (Opening)



SP1 Ian Snell SP1 Tom Gorzelanny


Automatic Re-sign

SP2 Zach Duke SP2 Ian Snell


Automatic Re-sign

SP3 Tom Gorzelanny SP3 Matt Morris



SP4 Paul Maholm SP4 Paul Maholm


Automatic Re-sign

SP5 Tony Armas SP5 Zach Duke


Automatic Re-sign

MR Shawn Chacon MR (Opening)



MR John Wasdin MR (Opening)



MR Jonah Bayliss MR (Opening)



MR John Grabow MR John Grabow


Arbitration Eligible

MR Damaso Marte MR Damaso Marte



MR Matt Capps MR Salomon Torres



CL Salomon Torres CL Matt Capps


Automatic Re-sign

Without taking the time to whip out my calculator, it seems as if picking up Matt Morris and letting go of Wilson, Chacon and Armas will turn out to be a horizontal move as far as payroll is concerned.
If ownership considers the $5.5 million payment it made in 2007 to the Oakland A’s for Jason Kendall’s salary to be a payroll-type investment, then only a modest increase of $5-10 million would need to be made to significantly upgrade the Pirates’ offense.
That is, if management committed $10-15 million towards acquiring a shortstop and center fielder in free agency or on the trade market, the team could be in half decent shape.


2 Responses to “Effect of the Deadline on the 2008 Pirate Roster”

  1. Deaner Says:

    There will be centerfielders available this offseason. Someone like Andrew Jones or Torri Hunter would be out of price range, but I would like to see Aaron Rowand or Eric Byrnes in the black & gold.

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