MLBTradeRumors.com released their yearly projected arbitration salaries for all 30 teams across Major League Baseball. Included in that is the Pittsburgh Pirates, who will have 11 players set for arbitration.
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Bryan Reynolds, who is in his first year of arbitration, is projected for the highest salary of the bunch. Reynolds will be arbitration-eligible three more times as a Super Two player, and it is likely the Pirates will have extension talks with the All-Star centerfielder this offseason.
Chad Kuhl, Ben Gamel and Chasen Shreve are all set for their last year of arbitration, and will become free agents at the end of next season.
Even though the list consists of 11 players, it does not mean all 11 will go to an arbitration hearing. Most if not all will settle before the arbitration deadline, and additionally, there will be some players who get non-tendered by the Pirates and will thus become free agents. Michael Perez and Wilmer Difo are among the non-tender candidates.
The combined projections of the 11 arbitration-eligible players totals $27.9M.