Baltimore Sun "The Orioles acquired the left-handed-hitting outfielder they had been seeking all offseason, trading a minor league pitcher and a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night for Travis Snider. The Orioles have had interest in Snider since baseball's annual winter..." January 28
Source: Travis Snider deal to Baltimore believed to be done. Class A pitcher Stephen Tarpley one of the prospects going to the Pirates.
Baltimore Sun "The Orioles have rekindled their trade talks with the Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire outfielder Travis Snider and appear to be closing in on a deal that would send one or two minor leaguers to Pittsburgh, according to industry sources. A deal is not done, one source stressed, but it was being..." January 27
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Shortstop Cole Tucker, the Pirates' first-round draft pick last year, had surgery Oct. 1 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Tucker, 18, suffered the injury during a rookie league game in July. He batted .267 with a .724 OPS in 48 games in the Gulf Coast League. Tucker..." January 21
Hardball Talk "Pittsburgh dropped Jake Elmore from the 40-man roster, designating the 28-year-old infielder for assignment. Elmore has bounced around while hitting just .221 with a .579 OPS in 87 games as a big leaguer, but he’s a career .313 hitter with a .407 on-base percentage, more walks than strikeouts,..." January 20
Pedro Strop/CHC/3.0M/2.0M Tom WIlhelmsen/SEA/2.2M/1.4M Vance Worley/PIT/2.45M/2.0M I would include midpoints but you guys have calculators.
Bucs Dugout "The Pirates have signed Chris Stewart to a one-year, $1.225 million deal, avoiding arbitration. MLBTR projected Stewart would get $1.3 million. Stewart will back up Francisco Cervelli in 2015. Last year, he had a surprisingly strong season backing up Russell Martin, posting a .362 OBP (albeit..." January 16
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates announced the signing of Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang on Friday, an acquisition carrying upside and the unknown along with fascinating short- and long-term consequences. Kang agreed to a four-year, $11 million deal with a $5.5 million club option for 2019, according to a..." January 16
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "While all the other pitchers at Pirates minicamp threw long toss on a nearby field Tuesday morning, Charlie Morton toiled in the bullpen. Morton was surrounded by curious onlookers: pitching coaches, assistants and a trainer. Small video cameras recorded the right-hander's moves from different..." January 14
MLB.com "The Nexen Heroes and their shortstop, Jung-ho Kang, are on their way to the United States. But most of the Korean club will stop at its Surprise, Ariz., preseason camp, while Kang will keep going to Pittsburgh for a physical that could formally make him a member of the Pirates. The Korean..." January 12
Kang has agreed to terms with Pirates 4yrs with 5th yr option at approx 16m
Former Major League INF Jamey Carroll has joined the #Pirates organization as a Special Assistant to the Baseball Operations staff.
CBSSports.com "The Pirates and Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang are moving close to a deal, sources said. The sides have been talking about a four-year deal for the power-hitting infielder who had a monster year for the Nexen Heroes last year, hitting 40 home runs and batting .356 in 117 games. Both sides appear..." January 10
The Score "The Pittsburgh Pirates have less than two weeks left to negotiate a deal with Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang, but the 27-year-old's agent said Wednesday he believes a deal will be finalized before the 30-day negotiating window expires. "At this point, I feel confident we’ll come to an..." January 08
San Francisco Chronicle "Barry Bonds has seven more tries on the Hall of Fame ballot, and don’t dismiss the possibility he’ll be elected. His candidacy will amp up the minute a suspected steroid user gets into the Hall of Fame. For now, Bonds and Roger Clemens are getting no closer to Cooperstown, thanks to their paper..." January 08
Hardball Talk "Non-tendered last month after the Pirates acquired Sean Rodriguez to potentially replace his right-handed bat, Gaby Sanchez has signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. His move to Japan is surprising because it seemed pretty likely that Sanchez would be able to snag another part-time..." January 08
Hardball Talk "“In time” for what, I have no idea. Heat death of the universe? Probably. The birth of my great-grandchild? Not sure how much money I’d wager on that. But the Home Run King is optimistic. From Barry Bloom at MLB.com, who asked Bonds what he felt about not being elected once again: “I don’t have..." January 07
MLB.com "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06
Hardball Talk "Pirates manager Clint Hurdle underwent surgery to replace his arthritic right hip shortly after the season ended and now Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the 57-year-old will have his left hip replaced in a second surgery Wednesday." January 06
Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24
pirates won bidding for kang
Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21
MLB Daily Dish "The Pirates have signed Corey Hart to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Hart can earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives to push the deal's total potential value to $5 million. Hart, 32, spent last season with the Mariners, hitting .203/.271/.319..." December 19
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Marlins President David Samson has been in touch with Pittsburgh Pirates' counterpart Frank Coonelly since his comments about Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million contract. A former senior vice president in the Commissioner's Office, Coonelly told Trib Live Sports the Marlins weren't counting..." December 16
Hardball Talk "Free agent starter Edinson Volquez had a nice bounce-back year with the Pirates in 2014, finishing at 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA and a 140/71 K/BB ratio in 192 2/3 innings. Pirates president Frank Coonelly doesn’t sound like he’s in a rush to bring him back. Per MLB.com’s Tom Singer, on the..." December 15
Huntington during Q and A: Tony Sanchez will work at first base. Could be C/1B, right-handed bat off the bench.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Early in Francisco Cervelli's career, it was Jorge Posada. After a brief interlude in 2010, it was Russell Martin. Then came Chris Stewart and, finally, Brian McCann. Someone always has stood in the way of Cervelli earning the majority of the playing time at catcher, and, if it wasn't another..." December 14
Hurdle on Alvarez at 1B everyday/vs. LHP: "We're going to find out. It's going to be Pedro's job to keep."
Source w/direct knowledge: RHP Edinson Volquez is looking for a two-year, $20 million deal after going 13-7, 3.04 in 192.2 IP for #Pirates.
MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have acquired southpaw reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports. Robert Murray was the first to report the deal, with FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirming that the two sides were close to an agreement (Twitter link). Philadelphia will receive minor..." December 10
Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates have had recent, introductory discussions with Neil Walker’s camp about a multi-year extension, according to a source. The discussions were preliminary in nature and nothing is considered close at this time. Walker, 29, is in his third year of arbitration, and he has one more..." December 10
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With the largest free agent signing in franchise history, the Pirates on Tuesday brought back left-hander Francisco Liriano on a three-year, $39 million contract. League sources confirmed the agreement, which is pending a physical. “We are cautiously optimistic and continue to work through..." December 10
Source: Francisco Liriano to the #Pirates on a three-year, $39 million deal.
Hardball Talk "Clint Barmes‘ deal with the Padres is now official: He’ll get $1.5 million in 2015 and the Padres will have an option for 2016 that begins at $2 million and can rise based on incentives reached. Barmes has long been one of MLB’s best defensive shortstops, although counting on that continuing at..." December 05
#Pirates tender all arby-eligible players except Gaby Sanchez (no trade takers) & drop Chaz Roe from 40-man (voila, a spot for Radhames Liz)
Hardball Talk "Pittsburgh designated for assignment this season’s starting first baseman, Ike Davis, and general manager Neal Huntington told Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that the Pirates “have essentially committed” to Pedro Alvarez as their new first baseman. Alvarez was previously the Pirates’..." November 21
MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have designated first baseman Ike Davis and catcher Ramon Cabrera for assignment, the club announced. Davis came over to Pittsburgh from the Mets after New York finally gave up on a player who was once thought to be a franchise cornerstone. Things started out well in his new home,..." November 20
Hardball Talk "Last offseason A.J. Burnett left the Pirates for the Phillies, but after a rough season in Philadelphia he’s going back to Pittsburgh. Burnett has signed a one-year deal with the Pirates worth $8.5 million, which is significantly less than the $12.75 million player option he declined to leave..." November 15
Burnett had surgery to repair his hernia Oct. 3. He expects to be ready to go when spring training starts.
CBSSports.com "The Dodgers are looking into bringing back top free agent catcher Russell Martin, league sources said, and they certainly have the spending power to become a formidable obstacle to the Cubs or incumbent Pirates. The Jays are a fourth team reportedly in the mix for Martin. Martin is in an..." November 14
New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13
New York Post "Ike Davis is going to be looking for a job soon. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington did not definitively say Davis would not receive a contract before Dec. 2 – the date by which all unsigned players on the 40-man roster must be tendered. But put two and two together. He said the strong..." November 13
MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports on Twitter. Lefty Justin Wilson is heading back to New York in the deal, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets. Cervelli’s arrival in Pittsburgh could be protection against losing free..." November 12
CBSSports.com "Russell Martin, extremely popular on the free-agent market after his big year, will officially reject the Pirates qualifying offer for 2015 by Monday's deadline -- no surprise considering word is, he has already got four-year possibilities and might even get five. The one-year qualifying offer,..." November 10
Sources: Liriano still deciding whether to accept #Pirates ' qualifying offer, considering "several options."