Pirates payroll to increase in '11

Updated: August 20, 2010, 8:31 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly expects the team's payroll to increase next season -- but not to the point where the last-place team can afford to sign a premium free agent.

The Pirates began the season with a major league-low $34 million payroll, though Coonelly says the end-of-season figure will be about $44 million. That's about $6 million less than two years ago.

"We do have capacity to increase the payroll, we do have the authority [from ownership] to ...

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