MLB Daily Dish rounds up Thursday morning's news related to the Pirates and arbitration. First, the Bucs beat first baseman / outfielder Garrett Jones, as an arbitrator decided Jones would earn $2.25 million, which the Pirates proposed, rather than $2.5 million, which Jones' agent proposed. Some Pirates fans raised a minor stink about the Bucs going to arbitration (which is typically a contentious process) over a measly $250,000, but this is a case where I can't blame the Bucs too much -- $250,000 isn't nothing, and it's worth fighting for.â†µ
The Pirates also settled with Casey McGehee, who will make $2.5375 million next season. McGehee was acquired from the Brewers this offseason for Jose Veras. He'll be expected to take at bats at both corner infield positions, with the possibility that he could move into a somewhat regular role if Pedro Alvarez or Jones falter.
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