Posts by Ethan Hullihen

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…

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…