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Pirates’ payroll miles below Central peers

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Frank Coonelly and Bob Nutting. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Fewer people in the stands last season at PNC Park appears to mean fewer dollars allocated by Bob Nutting to Neal Huntington for the Pirates’ player payroll this year.

On the heels of season attendance dropping by 454,000, the Pirates are in line to have the second-lowest payroll among the 30 major league clubs at $71,275,000, according to research by DKPittsburghSports.com, if they do not make any significant roster moves between now and the season opener March 28.

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