Pirates Notes: Payroll, McCutchen, Bixler

The Pittsburgh Pirates won't raise their payroll, but have increased spending in other areas, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Biertempfel details how the Pirates are committing money to areas less obvious to fans than player contracts, including facilities, scouting and player development.

In a separate article, Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette looks back at the Jason Bay trade from Pittsburgh's perspective, and adds a few more Pirates-related nuggets:

  • The Pirates haven't talked to Andrew McCutchen about a long-term extension yet, but have him under team control until 2015, so there's plenty of time.
  • The team is hoping that Brian Bixler will develop into a super-utility type, since they like his defensive versatility.
  • Given the number of free agents still available, the club would prefer to "wait for what it sees as the best value."
  • In particular, the Pirates will be looking at value signings for their outfield and bullpen.

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