Posts by Ethan Hullihen

A Quick Payroll Update After the Tyler Anderson Signing

Payroll
The last time we were here, I predicted that a signing that impacted payroll was more likely to happen before another trade. It turns out I was right, as the Pittsburgh Pirates signed left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson to a one-year, $2,500,000 deal. That obviously only moves the needle slightly as…

A Quick Payroll Update After the Jameson Taillon Trade

Payroll
Another week, another update on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ payroll after yet another trade of a notable player. This time around it’s for Jameson Taillon, whose trade doesn’t cause as drastic a drop in payroll as the last two previous iterations. Taillon was only set to make $2,250,000, so there’s not…

A Quick Payroll Update After the Joe Musgrove Trade

Payroll
What’s that saying about best laid plans? What was supposed to be a post-arbitration payroll update was in the can Sunday night for Monday morning, but we pushed it to Tuesday after Baseball America released their Top-100 prospects for 2021. Surely my projections were safe for one more day, because…

ESPN Releases Top 10s for 2021

Analysis
In a now yearly feature, Buster Olney of ESPN has wrapped up his Top 10 rankings by position for 2021. These rankings are “based on input from industry evaluators”, and it’s clear the industry doesn’t hold a very high opinion of the 2021 Pittsburgh Pirates. Olney covered pitchers—starting and relief—on…

Comparing, Analyzing, and Explaining the AP Reported 2020 Payroll

Payroll
Most every baseball fan has their favorite payroll tracking resource. The main contenders are probably going to be Spotrac, Cot’s, or Roster Resource. Maybe it’s a more fringe contender, such as Baseball-Reference or USA Today. If I’m being honest, as loyal readers and Pittsburgh Pirates fans, I would hope your…

A Quick Payroll Update After the Josh Bell Trade

Payroll
I had planned on providing a more in-depth payroll breakdown later in the offseason, likely somewhere after the New Year. After Josh Bell—the team’s projected second-highest paid player—was traded on Christmas Eve, I thought I would provide a quick update on where my projection sits right now. On the heels…

The Recent History of One-Year Rental Trades

Analysis
The refrain is a common one—sign Free Agent X to a cheap one-year deal, with hopes that if nothing else they can be traded at the deadline for something. This is viewed as a cheap, easy way to build up some prospect capital, especially during the accumulation phase of a…

Examining the Nick Burdi Situation

Analysis
Nick Burdi is kind of like a unicorn. Sometimes a Rule 5 draftee will need part of a second season to meet the 90-day required stay on the active roster to shed the tag—but three plus seasons? I am not going to try and look it up—nor would I even…

A First Look Payroll Projection for 2021

Payroll
The 2020 season is officially in the books, so it’s finally time to get the offseason started. It’s my favorite time on the baseball calendar, but the best part of it—for me at least—is updating my payroll estimate whenever a move happens. In order to do that, I must have…

MLB Trade Rumors Release 2021 Arbitration Projections

Payroll
Like manna from heaven, MLB Trade Rumors released their arbitration projections for the 2021 season today. If you follow me on Twitter, you already know I’ve been on the lookout for these, as they released estimates for prior offseasons on October 10th, 9th, and 10th of 2019, 2018, and 2017,…