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Nutting: pricey free agent would imbalance Pirates payroll

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Having watched the San Diego Padres reach a $300 million, 10-year deal with Manny Machado, Pirates owner Bob Nutting doesn't think it makes sense Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington to add a pricey free agent.

A huge salary could cause the portion paid to one player to be "overweight."

"You get an imbalanced payroll, that you have much more challenging team dynamic, much more challenging clubhouse dynamic, much more limitation in crafting an overall roster that can bring a championship," Nutting said Wednesday. "I'm not sure that that necessarily makes a team a team more competitive and more ready to win a championship."

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Leaders
AVG: C. Dickerson.300
HR: G. Polanco23
RBI: G. Polanco81
SB: S. Marte33
W: J. Taillon14
ERA: T. Williams3.11
Saves: F. Vázquez37
K: J. Taillon179
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Chi Cubs 00.000-
Cincinnati 00.000-
Milwaukee 00.000-
Pittsburgh 00.000-
St. Louis 00.000-
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .254 (10)
Runs: 692 (20)
Hits: 1381 (14)
Home Runs: 157 (25)
Stolen Bases: 70 (22)
OBP: .317 (17)
SLG: .407 (16)
Total Bases: 2218 (19)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 4.00 (14)
Runs Allowed: 693 (14)
Saves: 40 (17)
Strikeouts: 1336 (18)
OpBA: .251 (18)
OBP: .319 (17)
SLG: .407 (15)
Run Support: 4.34 (19)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
2/18 R. Davis Signed to a Minor League Contract
2/10 M. Cabrera Signed to a Minor League Contract
2/6 N. Franklin Signed to a Minor League Contract
2/6 T. Koehler Signed to a Minor League Contract
2/4 F. Liriano Signed to a Minor League Contract
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/29 A. Frazier Right hamstring tightness (day-to-day)
9/27 E. Santana Right elbow surgery - out for season (day-to-day)
9/23 S. Marte Left calf tightness (day-to-day)
9/15 G. Polanco off 10-day DL
9/7 G. Polanco Knee (day-to-day)
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