April 5, 2008

Capps Agrees to $3.1M Deal and More...

The Pittburgh Pirates and closer Matt Capps agreed on a 2 year $3.1M contract that will avoid arbitration at the end of the season.

BTW Take:
Excellent move by the Pirates management to show faith in the talent they do have. This contract is nothing more than a starting poing for a longer term deal, a good faith agreement if you will. This makes 3 pieces of the Pirates ship signed since Huntington and Coonley took the helm, a stark contrast to previous management.

In the Buried Treasures section another important topic is discussed. Brian Tracy, son of former Pirates manager Jim Tracy and 2007 20th round draft pick, was hired as a pitching coach for State College after an honest discussion on his future as a player. This is one more example of the difference between current and previous management. Players around the Majors and Minors see things like this and take notice. This may actually be one more step towards changing the perception of the Pirates as an organization.

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