Pirates Rumors & News

  • Pirates say decisions due soon on fifth starter, pitching depth

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Though the events of Thursday did little to clarify the back end of the Pirates rotation or their starting depth, they indicated decisions are near. Two of the men in the competition, Vance Worley and Clayton Richard, pitched Thursday. Both had uneven outings. While Worley competes with Jeff..." March 27

  • Andrew McCutchen cut his hair for the first time in eight years

    Hardball Talk "This is sad. And, frankly, as a bald-American it’s almost galling to see someone as follicly-gifted as Andrew McCutchen is squander his gifts in such a fashion. But it’s still a free country, I guess, and he can do what he wants. I just hope he understands that this is like standing in front of..." March 25

  • Pirates' Harrison working to use 2014 success as building block

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Clint Hurdle was supposed to be a Can't-Miss Kid when he was a first-round draft pick four decades ago. Success did not come quickly, though, and the Pirates manager admits he listened too closely to his critics. “People steal your confidence,” said Hurdle, who never became a star player. “I..." March 25

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    Stephen J. Nesbitt @stephenjnesbitt

    #Pirates lineup today vs. #Orioles. McCutchen and Kang back in action. pic.twitter.com/ea2iWCQ143

  • Francisco Liriano named Opening Day starter by the Pirates

    Hardball Talk "Francisco Liriano, who re-signed with the Pirates for three years and $39 million this offseason, has been named the team’s Opening Day starter for the second straight season. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle also announced that Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett will follow him in the rotation" March 17

  • Pirates admit John Holdzkom could start season in minors

    Bucs Dugout "Neal Huntington says John Holdzkom could start the year with Indianapolis despite his brilliant stretch run last year. “One or two (bullpen spots) are open,” Huntington said. “We love what John is doing, but we have a handful of other guys who are throwing the ball well. ... “We're going to..." March 16

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    Stephen J. Nesbitt @stephenjnesbitt

    Andrew McCutchen won’t elaborate beyond “sore lower body.” Says no timetable for return, and he’s not concerned.

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    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    #pirates' first cuts: Glasnow, Boscan, Broxton, Sampson and Angel Sanchez. #MLB

  • Andrew McCutchen: 'Just a little sore'

    ESPN.com "Only three outfielders in baseball have played more games than Andrew McCutchen over the last five seasons. So when the Pittsburgh Pirates announced shortly before game time Friday that McCutchen had been scratched from the lineup with "lower body soreness," it immediately raised concerns in the..." March 14

  • MLB approves external padding on pitchers' caps

    The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14

  • Having his job in peril nothing new to Pirates shortstop Mercer

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "On Wednesday, with scouts focused on Phillies ace Cole Hamels, who is thought to be the top pitcher available on the trade market, Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer smashed a Hamels fastball over a thatched-roof bar beyond the left-field fence at Bright House Field. The shot traveled more than 400..." March 12

  • Pirates right-hander Brandon Cumpton undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "Pittsburgh just lost some pitching depth, announcing that right-hander Brandon Cumpton underwent season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery. Cumpton debuted with the Pirates in 2013 and threw 70 innings for them last season, posting a 4.89 ERA " March 10

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    Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates

    Pedro Alvarez has missed the last few games with discomfort in his right elbow caused by a mild hyperextension on a swing a few days ago.

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    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    Corey Hart (L foot cut) due for first action in Monday's "B" game as DH against Twins at Pirate City. #pirates #MLB

  • Pitching prospect Taillon makes steady progress

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon is scheduled to face live batters next week for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last April. The former No. 2 overall pick was scheduled to throw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Friday. Assuming his next side session goes well Tuesday,..." March 07

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    That'd be grounders. Corey Hart is taking grounders.

  • Russell Martin says Pirates did all they could to sign him

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates’ mid-November acquisition of catcher Francisco Cervelli signaled their realization of what was rapidly coming to light: The market for Russell Martin was reaching a point at which they were not comfortable. Martin saw it another way. “I was almost relieved,” he said Tuesday. “I..." March 04

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #pirates RHP Brandon Cumpton has elbow discomfort, will see Dr. Andrews next week.

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool at Pirate City Sunday, Hurdle said. Out for a few days.

  • Tabata trying to break through again

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A heavy rain shower swept over Pirate City around noon Saturday and sent most everyone running for cover. Outfielder José Tabata stepped back into the batter’s box and motioned for one more pitch from coach Jeff Branson. Tabata turned on the inside pitch and rocketed it over the left-field..." March 01

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    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    Gorkys Hernandez, who'd been delayed by visa issues, finally expected in #Pirates camp tonight.

  • 'Jihadi John' in 'P' hat sickens Pirates

    ESPN.com "The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's "absolutely sickening" to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked front man for Islamic State hostage-beheading videos. The..." February 28

  • Corey Hart is trying to make a comeback, with the Pirates and without his speed

    Hardball Talk "Corey Hart missed all of 2013 following knee surgery and might as well have missed all of last season too, hitting just .203 with a .590 OPS in 68 games for the Mariners while looking like a shell of his former All-Star self. Hart signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Pirates this..." February 25

  • Pirates willing to consider high salary number to keep McCutchen

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "When Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton signed his $325 million contract in the offseason, it shook the financial landscape of baseball. The aftershocks will be felt in the Pirates front office when the club eventually decides whether to approach Andrew McCutchen about an..." February 25

  • Team has big plans for newcomer Kang

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Infielder Jung Ho Kang will begin his big league career as a utility player, but the Pirates do not plan on him staying in that role forever. “We believe we've brought in a player who's going to be an everyday player,” manager Clint Hurdle said Monday. “When that happens, we don't know. We..." February 23

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    alvarez will be paid $5.75M in '15, pirates had argued for $5.25M

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Heard that Pedro Alvarez is going to his arbitration hearing tomorrow. #pirates

  • Pirates have 'zero intent' to start Jung Ho Kang in minors

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said the team has "zero intent" to send infielder Jung Ho Kang to the minors to help him acclimate to baseball in the US, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "We feel we are in a good spot with him to help [Kang] adjust, to help him get up to speed and..." February 15

  • McCutchen: Baseball leaves lower-income kids behind

    Hardball Talk "When he’s not patrolling center field for the Pirates, Andrew McCutchen serves as the senior editor for Derek Jeter’s The Player’s Tribune, a media platform for professional athletes. McCutchen published a must-read article today in which he explains how baseball has increasingly left children..." February 15

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    vance worley won his case over the pirates

  • The Top 10 MLB Lineups For 2015

    Sports On Earth "When we evaluate lineups in Major League Baseball in 2015, we're grading on a curve. Last year, the Angels led the Majors in runs scored -- with just 773. That was the lowest total for a runs leader in a full season since 1992. And to put that in added perspective, in 2009, just five seasons..." February 09

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    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    #pirates win arbitration case v Neil Walker. He gets $8M, not $9 he submitted.

  • The Braves and Pirates made a tiny trade last night

    Hardball Talk "The anti-blockbuster: the Braves sent Edward Salcedo to Pittsburgh and the Pirates sendt right-hander Bryton Trepagnier to Atlanta. Salcedo is a 23-year-old utility guy who has spent more time in the infield than the outfield but has spent all of his time in the minors not hitting particularly..." February 06

  • Pirates acquire Arquimedes Caminero from Marlins

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered their bullpen depth Wednesday by acquiring right-hander Arquimedes Caminero from the Miami Marlins in exchange for cash considerations. Caminero, 27, was designated for assignment last week after logging just six relief appearances with the Marlins in 2014. The..." February 04

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    Roch Kubatko @masnRoch

    The Orioles have traded INF Steve Lombardozzi to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

  • Rockies sign John Axford

    Purple Row "The Colorado Rockies have signed relief pitcher John Axford to a minor league contract, according to MLB.com's transaction page. Axford will make $2.6 million if he makes the big league roster and could net as much as $4.1 million after incentives, per Thomas Harding. Axford, 31, posted a 3.94..." February 03

  • Orioles acquire outfielder Travis Snider in trade with Pirates

    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

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Source: Travis Snider deal to Baltimore believed to be done. Class A pitcher Stephen Tarpley one of the prospects going to the Pirates.

  • Orioles working on deal with Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire Travis Snider

    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

  • Pirates SS prospect Tucker making progress after thumb surgery

    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

  • Pirates designate Jake Elmore for assignment

    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

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    Kiley McDaniel @kileymcd

    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.

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    Mike Perchick @TheREALPerchick

    Not sure if this has been reported, but source tells me #Pirates 2B Neil Walker filed at $9 million, #Pirates countered at $8 million

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    Mike Perchick @TheREALPerchick

    #Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez filed at $5.75 million, #Pirates countered at $5.25 million

  • Pirates avoid arbitration with Chris Stewart

    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

  • Pirates officially sign Korean shortstop Kang

    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

  • Pirates starting pitcher Morton fine-tunes his delivery after surgery

    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

  • Kang heading to Pittsburgh for physical this week

    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

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    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    Kang has agreed to terms with Pirates 4yrs with 5th yr option at approx 16m

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    Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates

    Former Major League INF Jamey Carroll has joined the #Pirates organization as a Special Assistant to the Baseball Operations staff.