At least that’s what team president Frank Coonelly told fans at PirateFest Friday in Pittsburgh.
It sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Then reality hits.
Of course, when you look at the Pirates’ payroll from last season, the one where they collapsed in August and September to clinch another losing season, and you’ll see that’s not a lot.
The Associated Press reported Friday that the Pirates finished 2012 with a payroll of $61.3 million. Couple that with the term “approach” and there might not be much difference at all.
That’s what the Pirates like to do these days. Their management team sounds like they’re running for office.
Fans hear “70 million” and think, “Nice.”
And while the $61.3 million that the Bucs spent on payroll sounds like a lot, the cold, hard truth is that amount ranks 29th out of 30 teams.
They’re the same-old Pirates — frugal as ever.
I guess $70 million doesn’t go as far as it used to.
– Rick Green (follow me on Twitter @ETNrgreen)