Friday Insider: Pirates’ payroll should top $90M

[caption id="attachment_6015" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Frank Coonelly has been the Pirates' president since 2007. -- GETTY Frank Coonelly has been the Pirates' president since late in the 2007 season. -- GETTY[/caption]


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fridayinsider• The Pirates "certainly can and I suspect will" top the $90 million mark in payroll in 2015, Frank Coonelly told DKonPittsburghSports.com exclusively Thursday.

And yes, this will represent another significant increase, contrary to widespread misinformation and misrepresentation of the truth.

If you want bluster, click away. If you want facts, here you go ...

The Pirates' 40-man roster payroll for 2014, the one audited and verified by Major League Baseball's accounting offices, was $82.1 million. While multiple other outlets were howling over payroll being in the low-$70 million range, this site informed you in the Sept. 5 Friday Insider that the actual projected figure for the full year was $82.4 million.

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