Pirates get amazing deal; lock up Jose Tabata long term

When I first heard this deal, I was in disbelief. Literally. The Pirates signed Jose Tabata to a 6/$14mil extension. So he’ll be a Pirate until 2017, when he’ll  be 29 years old. What a steal.

Why this is a good deal: he’ll paid $2.3mil per year. Yeah, that’s it. He’s no superstar, but he’ll be a 2-4 WAR player. An average 2 WAR player should make around $8mil- at the least. He’ll be paid 1/4 of that, or about the equivalent of a 0.5 WAR player. Plus, by only giving him $14mil guaranteed, the Pirates have money to lock up other youngsters and possibly sign a good FA or two.

Bucco fans should be pleased with this deal.

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