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Pirates avoid arbitration with pitcher Musgrove, 8 others

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pirates avoided arbitration with right-handed pitcher Joe Musgrove and eight others on Friday as the club tries to bounce back after finishing with the worst record in the majors in 2020.

Musgrove, the team's opening day starter in 2020, will make $4.45 million after going 1-5 with a 3.86 ERA last season while making a pro-rated $1,037,037 of a $2.8 million salary. The 28-year-old could help anchor the top of the rotation along with Jameson Taillon, the emphasis on "could." With the Pirates in full rebuild mode, Musgrove is one of their few major-league ready trade chips as they look to restock their prospect pool.

Catcher Jacob Stallings, a Gold Glove finalist while dealing with a pitching staff ravaged by injuries, earned a significant raise. The 31-year-old's pay jumped from $586,500 ($217,222 pro-rated) to $1.3 million. Stallings hit .248 with three home runs and 18 RBIs in his first full season as a starter.

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Leaders
AVG: C. Moran.247
HR: C. Moran10
RBI: A. Frazier23
SB: A. Alford3
W: R. Rodríguez3
Saves: R. Rodríguez4
K: J. Musgrove55
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
X-Chi Cubs 3426.567-
Y-St. Louis 3028.5173
Y-Cincinnati 3129.5173
Y-Milwaukee 2931.4835
Pittsburgh 1941.31715
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .220 (28)
Runs: 219 (30)
Hits: 425 (26)
Home Runs: 59 (28)
Stolen Bases: 16 (28)
OBP: .284 (30)
SLG: .357 (30)
Total Bases: 690 (29)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.68 (19)
Runs Allowed: 298 (19)
Saves: 6 (30)
Strikeouts: 536 (8)
OpBA: .235 (10)
OBP: .332 (20)
SLG: .416 (16)
Run Support: 3.84 (30)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
1/15 S. Brault Signed ( 2021)(avoids arbitration)
1/15 K. Crick Signed ( 2021)(avoids arbitration)
1/15 W. Difo Signed to a Minor League Contract
1/15 A. Frazier Signed ( 2021)(avoids arbitration)
1/15 C. Kuhl Signed ( 2021)(avoids arbitration)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/27 J. Stallings Concussion (7-day IL)
9/20 K. Newman Left knee contusion (10-day IL)
9/17 C. Tucker Concussion (10-day IL)
9/13 K. Crick Lat strain (10-day IL)
9/10 T. Bashlor Lower back inflammation (10-day IL)
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