Pirates Rumors & News

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations. Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also..." November 20

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Pirates' Latin American scouting director let go over improper payment

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates will not renew the contract of Rene Gayo, the director of Latin American scouting who was responsible for finding Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco, because of an investigation into financial impropriety. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who first reported the story, the..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Bucs open-minded about Kang returning in '18

    MLB.com "The Pirates have watched Jung Ho Kang play winter ball, but they still don't know if they'll see him in Pittsburgh next year. While Andrew McCutchen's status is the most intriguing plotline in Pittsburgh's offseason, few players could swing the Pirates' fortunes for next season like Kang. The..." November 15

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Pirates announce two-year contracts for entire coaching staff

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Two months after they inked four-year contract extensions with general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle, the Pirates announced Thursday they will retain Hurdle’s entire coaching staff through 2019. The two-year contracts apply to the following coaches: first base coach..." November 04

  • Pirates Exercise Club Option Over Andrew McCutchen, Decline Chris Stewart & Wade LeBlanc

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have picked up their club option over outfielder Andrew McCutchen, per a club announcement. He’ll earn $14.5MM in the final year of his contract. Meanwhile, the Bucs have declined their options over catcher Chris Stewart and lefty Wade LeBlanc. The team also adds that LeBlanc has..." November 03

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • John Jaso Likely To Retire, Live On Sailboat

    Deadspin "John Jaso, the dreaded pirate-looking dude who plays for the Pirates, told reporters yesterday he is probably calling it a career now that the season is over and his contract is up. Better yet: He’s retiring from baseball to sail the seven seas. No piracy, hopefully. Jaso played for four teams..." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • MLB reacts to Wiz Khalifa miming joint puff before first pitch at Pirates game

    Sportress of Blogitude "Wiz Khalifa created quite the scene Wednesday during his ceremonial first pitch before the Pittsburgh Pirates-Baltimore Orioles tilt at PNC Park. Suffice to say, Major League Baseball didn’t find the Pittsburgh rapper’s appearance a “hit” by any stretch the word. Khalifa, 27, sporting a shirt..." September 28

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • A lot of things need to go right for the Pirates to contend in 2018

    CBS Sports "The Pirates have been eliminated from postseason contention, and not long ago they ensured a second-straight losing season. Given the recent baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh, that's a disappointing outcome. Will 2018 bring better fortunes? That's the matter at hand. The structural problem..." September 18

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Pirates' rookie Josh Bell keeps mashing, but few seem to notice

    Sporting News "Josh Bell’s choice of pregame attire Thursday got compliments from teammates and media members alike. His shirt was a Dave Parker classic: a form-fitting black T-shirt announcing, “If you hear any noise, it’s just me and the boys boppin'." Bell has been compared to Parker multiple times this..." September 08

  • Cardinals Trade for Pitcher Nicasio

    CBS St. Louis "The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio (pronounced nih-KAH-see-oh) from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league infielder Eliezer Alvarez. Nicasio, 31, had joined the Phillies just last week (August 31) on a waiver..." September 06

  • Clint Hurdle agrees to four-year contract extension with Pirates

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Clint Hurdle will return to manage the Pirates in 2018, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Hurdle has agreed to a four-year contract extension, which replaces the 2018 club option on his current deal and keeps him under contractual control through 2021. The guaranteed..." September 04

  • Josh Harrison exits game after taking a 96 MPH fastball off his hand

    Hardball Talk "Pirates’ second baseman Josh Harrison was removed from Saturday’s game after taking a 96 MPH fastball to his left hand. The pitch, a wayward 0-2 ball from Reds’ right-hander Tyler Mahle, appeared to strike Harrison somewhere on his left wrist/hand area and prompted an immediate visit from a..." September 03

  • Pirates place Harrison on DL with fractured finger

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates put Josh Harrison on the 10-day disabled list Sunday because of a broken pinky in his left hand. The injury does not officially end his season, but in all likelihood he will not return. Broken bones take four to six weeks to heal, after which the player needs to return to swinging..." September 03

  • Phillies claim veteran reliever Juan Nicasio from Pirates

    CSN Philly "The Phillies added a veteran reliever on Thursday, claiming right-hander Juan Nicasio off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nicasio, 31, has a 2.85 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 60 innings this season, which he's spent as the Pirates' setup man. This was Nicasio's final season of arbitration..." August 31

  • Pirates Place Juan Nicasio, Wade LeBlanc On Irrevocable Waivers

    MLB Trade Rumors "6:34pm: Southpaw Wade LeBlanc is also on irrevocable waivers, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweets. LeBlanc is earning just $750K this year and can be controlled next year via arbitration or a $1.25MM club option (with a $50K buyout). The 33-year-old lefty has thrown 61 1/3..." August 30

  • Dominican Winter League team announces a contract for Jung Ho Kang; visa status unclear

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Twitter account for Aguilas Cibaenas, a team in the Dominican Winter League, announced a deal with Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang Tuesday. It is unclear if this means Kang has acquired a visa to play in the Dominican Republic. “We know we have a club that will play him, provided we..." August 29

  • Polanco's '17 return TBD; 'Cisco' due back soon

    MLB.com "Polanco was eligible to return Wednesday, but he is still in the early stages of his rehabilitation. Polanco took batting practice on the field early Wednesday afternoon, and he has been throwing. He is still limited to indoor conditioning work, including running on an underwater..." August 24

  • Pirates' Kang to play winter ball in Dominican Republic

    CBS Sports "General manager Neal Huntington said the club is working on getting Kang (suspension) to travel to the Dominican Republic for winter ball following the 2017 season, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. With Kang battling legal issues in South Korea, he has been unable to acquire a work visa to come..." August 24

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Pirates place OF Gregory Polanco on 10-day disabled list

    Fanrag Sports "For the second time in less than a month, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury. On Tuesday, Polanco was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 13, due to a left hamstring strain suffered in Saturday’s game against the Toronto..." August 15

  • Hurdle family remains active in raising awareness for PWS

    Sportsnet "The support and insights others offered to Clint Hurdle and his wife Karla after their daughter Madison was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, helped the couple through a difficult time, and they’ve been committed to paying that help forward ever since. That’s why..." August 14

  • Andrew McCutchen optimistic after suffering knee injury

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "For nearly three months, few worried for Andrew McCutchen. From the time the Pirates center fielder landed at the Mendoza line May 23 to when he ripped Toronto Blue jays starter Marcus Stroman’s fastball for an RBI double in the third inning of the Pirates’ 4-2 win Friday at Rogers Centre,..." August 12

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Pirates GM: We need to prepare as if Kang is not coming back

    MLB.com "The Pirates have played the season without third baseman Jung Ho Kang, who remains in South Korea without a work visa. They are preparing for the possibility he may not return next year, either. Kang has been unable to acquire a work visa following his offseason arrest for driving under the..." August 07

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