The salary arbitration hearings for Major League Baseball last from February 4th to February 20th, but the Pirates will not have to worry about that this year.
The club entered the offseason with eight arbitration eligible players. However, each of those players have had their salaries determined for the 2013 season. Here’s a look…
Hanrahan was dealt to the Boston Red Sox at the end of December. Hammer and the Sox avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.04 million deal, which would have been a steep price for the Pirates to pay for a closer. Jason Grilli will receive $6.75 million over two seasons.
Another Bucco reliever with a few seasons under his belt, Resop was traded to Oakland for a minor leaguer. He signed a one-year contract worth $1.35 million. For a guy every fan seemed to hate, Resop wasn’t awful; the Pirates do, however, have plenty of other capable pitchers that can fill his spot.
Although Karstens seemed to be all but gone, the Bucs re-signed him for $2.5 million. Frequent injuries and the signing of Francisco Liriano did not deter the club from bringing this man of many faces back to Pittsburgh.
Sanchez, acquired at the deadline last season, looks to regain his pre-2012 form. He will earn $1.75 million this season.
After a big year in which he crushed 27 home runs, Jones will see his salary double to $4.5 million.
One of the final salaries to be settled, the Pirates met Walker halfway and agreed to a $3.3 million deal. It’ll be interesting to see how The Pittsburgh Kid returns from injuries, and whether or not management seeks a long-term contract with him.
The team also met James McDonald at the halfway point. They offered $2.65 million, whereas J-Mac filed at $3.4 mil. The two sides ultimately settled at $3.025. McDonald has a lot to prove in 2013, after a roller coaster season last year.
Here’s where the Pirates currently stand financially:
#Pirates now have 14 players under contract for 2013 at roughly $70 mil, tho they only pay $57 mil. Projected to open the season at $76 mil
— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) February 1, 2013
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