Friday, January 18, 2013

Arb Numbers, Hawpe, 2013 Wins, &...

Arb numbers and some more...

  • Gaby Sanchez signed a one year, $1.75M deal with the Pirates, avoiding arbitration and getting just about what his arbitration figure was projected to be for this season.
  • Neil Walker filed for $3.6M; the Buc counter is $3M and the midpoint is $3.3M. James McDonald filed for $3.4M; the Pirate offer is $2.65M with a midpoint of $3.025M, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Nothing on Garrett Jones yet; maybe they're trying to iron out a deal. 
  • The AP's Will Graves tweeted that Jeff Karsten's contract is guaranteed for $2.5M, but there's another $1M in inning-based incentives available, bringing him more in range of his $3.8M estimated arb value if he can stay on the hill and out of the tub.
  • Hey! The Pirates just inked another 1B/OF; pretty soon they'll be able to platoon not just by game, but by inning. Brad Hawpe, 34, signed a minor league deal with an invite to camp. He had TJ surgery in 2011, and played just 35 games in AA last year before being released at his own request. Clint Hurdle keeps having flashbacks to 2007 and Coors Field. It inspired this observation by Charlie Wilmoth at Bucs Dugout: "All MLB Teams Are Run By Idiots."
  • Hawpe joins RHPs Jamison Taillon & Luis Hernadez, along with C Ali Soltis, as non-roster invitees to spring training.
  • Bucs in the WBC: Ivan DeJesus, INF - Puerto Rico; Jason Grilli, P - Italy; Chris Leroux, P, and Russell Martin, C - Canada; Wandy Rodriguez, P - Dominican Republic; Ali Solis, C - Mexico; Jameson Taillon, P - Canada and Stefan Welch, INF - Australia. (if you're real curious, Altoona had 13 former players and a coach selected). The rosters are preliminary, but shouldn't change much for the March tourney.
  • The Red Sox signed Hanny for 1 year/$7.04M, the salary figure about as predicted, reported Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors
  • Sabremetric dudes are not impressed with the 2013 Buccos. David Manel at Bucs Dugout has them at 73 wins, as does Dave Szymborski  from House of Cramps.  
  • RHP Zach Stewart, recently acquired for Kyle Kaminska from Boston, was DFA'ed to clear a 40-man slot for JK.

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