Posts by Ethan Hullihen

An Early Look at an Estimated 2022 Payroll

Analysis
A popular discussion topic among fans has been what kind of payroll space the Pittsburgh Pirates have going into 2022 and what that could mean for roster construction. While some think 2022 could—and should—be the time for the team to start putting their foot on the pedal spending wise, I…

Payroll Implications for the Pirates After the Trade Deadline

Analysis
Wow, what a deadline! For whatever reason—hope, change, action, etc.—many, many fans love transactions. For the better part of an entire week those desires were fulfilled, as we saw player movement daily, with deadline day itself bringing major names moving to new locations to cap it all off. It was…

How Much Payroll Can the Pirates Trade Away?

Analysis
I started writing about the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 2018 season, so this is my fourth go-around analyzing the trade deadline—one of my favorite dates on the baseball calendar. More to the point, this will now be the fourth year in a row I’ve written about how much payroll the…

The Upcoming Rule 5 Draft Crunch

Analysis
I am always thinking about roster “stuff”: construction, transactions, contract status, et cetera et al. I don’t pay nearly as much attention to what’s happening on the field, so I have to fill my time with something, and this is what truly interests me. In all honesty, I’ve been thinking…

Domestic Reserve List – A Primer

Analysis
Back in March, I took an educated guess on how the new 180-player limit could impact roster construction in the minor leagues based on the reporting that was available at the time. Granted, the information was sorely lacking in detail, but it was a valiant effort nonetheless. To the best…

Injury Returns Set to Overturn Roster

Analysis
It seems to be a common theme over the last several seasons, but injuries continue to be on the rise, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are no exception. As of May 27th, there are ten players on the Injured List—five being of the 60-day variety—with only Blake Cederlind (Tommy John Surgery) not…

What It Would Take to Gain an Extra Year of Service After 2021

Analysis
Anytime I think of or talk about service time, I feel like it needs accompanied by an asterisk. With the Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire in December, service time is an aspect of the rule book that could see a shake up in an effort to get players paid…

Breaking Down the Pirates’ 2021 Opening Day Payroll

Analysis
Games are underway, rosters are set, and minimum salaries have been reported, so it’s officially time to calculate the Opening Payroll for 2021. I have my own payroll calculations as far back as 2008, and this is the lowest it’s been since 2010, when the Pittsburgh Pirates opened the season…

What Could New Minor League Rosters Look Like in 2021?

Analysis
After a lost season in 2020, there are plenty of questions facing Minor League Baseball in 2021. The revamped development system and what players will be a part of it is the one that has personally been weighing on my mind lately. I don’t consider myself a prospect evaluator of…

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…