Wow! Some Pirates news for a change.
Hanrahan skips arbitration and signs for 2012: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12016/1203913-100.stm
The Pirates and closer Joel Hanrahan avoided salary arbitration today when they agreed to a one-year contract for 2012.
Financial terms were not immediately available. ESPN's Keith Law reported on Twitter that Hanrahan got $4.1 million.
He made $1.4 million in 2011, also agreeing to a contract shortly before the deadline to exchange figures last offseason.
Hanrahan, 30, saved 40 games last season and made the All-Star team for the first time.
The Pirates have five remaining players eligible for arbitration: Evan Meek, Charlie Morton, Jeff Karstens, Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee.
Bucs and Morton agree to one-year deal: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12016/1203918-100.stm
The Pirates and Charlie Morton have avoided arbitration and agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.445 million contract, according to a source.
Morton, 28, went 10-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 2011. He made drastic improvements early in the season related to a lower arm slot that added life to his sinker. He struggled in the middle of the season and skipped starts, but returned to form in August.
Morton had offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.
Morton, who came the the Pirates along with Jeff Locke and Gorkys Hernandez from the Atlanta Braves in a trade for Nate McLouth in 2009, made $441,000 in 2011.
Evan Meek, Jeff Karstens, Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee are eligible for arbitration and remain unsigned at this time