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Pirates Arbitration: Joel Hanrahan, Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton, Evan Meek Top List

The Pirates have a long-list of arbitration-eligible players, and Jenifer Langosch guesses that the only players who are sure to receive contracts are Joel Hanrahan, Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton and Evan Meek. Here are the others.

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Garrett Jones
Steve Pearce
Brandon Wood
Ross Ohlendorf
Jason Grilli
Chris Resop
Jose Veras

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None of these guys are expensive, and there are several useful players there. I wouldn't tender Pearce, Wood or Ohlendorf, but I'd tender Jones, Veras and Resop, and possibly Grilli as well. None of those guys are likely to make more than a couple million dollars in arbitration. Jones isn't ideal as a starter, but he'd be great as a part-time player. Veras, Resop and Grilli are relievers who can put up big strikeout numbers, and those guys don't grow on trees. Neal Huntington likes building cheap bullpens, and that has worked out well the past couple years, but things don't always work out so beautifully, and it's not as if taking a few guys to arbitration would make the bullpen particularly expensive.

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