Pirates “sign” 25 players

The Pirates announced today they have “signed” 25 players from their 40-man roster. That makes every player on the roster under contract for the 2012 season.

The reason why “signed” is in quotation marks is because it isn’t really like the players negotiate or have anything to do with this. These are all the players who are not yet eligible for arbitration. The team tells them what they will be making this season and they don’t have a choice. This list includes players like Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, and others who have less than 3 years of ML service time.