Pirates Rumors & News

  • 2 Super Bowl rings later, Gaffney rejoins Bucs

    Pro Football Rumors "You won’t be seeing Tyler Gaffney on the pages of Pro Football Rumors, but you may find him on MLB Trade Rumors in time. The former Panthers, Patriots, and Jaguars wide receiver is going back to baseball, as MLB.com’s Adam Berry writes. “My dream has been the big leagues my whole life,”..." April 20

  • Pirates reward fans who attended Tuesday’s frigid game with ticket vouchers

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Pittsburgh Pirates did their part to reward the brave souls who braved the frigid, miserable weather and attended Tuesday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park. How? By presenting those fans who did make it through the gates with a ticket voucher for a game at a later date." April 18

  • James Harrison out for 6 weeks with left hand fracture

    MLB.com "Josh Harrison will be out approximately six weeks, the Pirates announced on Monday, after he was diagnosed with a fracture to the fifth metacarpal of his left hand. Harrison was hit by a pitch on Sunday while leading off the third inning for the Pirates and left the game. Adam Frazier was..." April 16

  • Harrison exits after taking pitch off forearm

    MLB.com " Josh Harrison was hit on the left forearm area while leading off the third inning for the Pirates and left the game for precautionary reasons. Adam Frazier was inserted to pinch-run for Harrison. The Bucs' second baseman was stung by a Jose Urena fastball clocked at 96 mph by Statcast™." April 15

  • Pirates Select Contract Of Richard Rodriguez, Recall Kyle Crick

    Yardbarker "The Pirates announced today that they’ve selected the contract of right-handed reliever Richard Rodriguez and recalled fellow righty Kyle Crick. Both players were pitching for the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis. To make room on the big league roster, right-hander Clay Holmes and..." April 13

  • Cubs manager Joe Maddon defends Javier Baez, fires back at Clint Hurdle

    Sporting News "Cubs manager Joe Maddon returned fire Friday over Pirates manager Clint Hurdle's assessment of Javier Baez's approach to baseball. Hurdle on Thursday characterized Baez as disrespectful to the game, and Maddon, by one assessment "clearly prepared" for the early media scrum, let loose Friday...." April 13

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • Gregory Polanco sure looks like he's at the beginning of a long-awaited breakout year

    CBS Sports "The Pittsburgh Pirates are cruising here through two weeks in the 2018 season. They sit at 9-3 after taking Thursday's game over the Cubs and definitely qualify as one of the biggest surprises to this point in the season. A big part of that is right fielder Gregory Polanco. He went deep twice..." April 12

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018

    Forbes.com "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Felipe Rivero has changed his name to Felipe Vázquez

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pirates closer Felipe Rivero has legally changed his name to Felipe Vázquez. Vázquez is the surname of the pitcher’s sister Prescilla, with whom he lives in Florida in the offseason. Felipe Vázquez frequently posts about his sister on social media, and he visited her during an off-day last..." April 10

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Cubs' home opener against Pirates postponed to Tuesday

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs’ home opener Monday against the Pirates has been postponed because of inclement weather at Wrigley Field. The game is scheduled to be played Tuesday at 1:20 p.m. The start time for the game was initially pushed back for one hour as the team’s grounds crew worked to prepare the playing..." April 09

  • 99-year-old Pirates usher retires after eight decades on the job

    Sportsnaut "At 18 years old, Phil Coyne served as an usher for his Pittsburgh Pirates for the first time. The year was 1936 and Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. America’s involvement in World War II had not yet taken place and the Great Depression was still going strong. More than 81 years later, Coyne..." April 08

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Kevin Gorman: Pirates fans will be heard at home opener

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates fans drove hours to Detroit for opening day because of baseball and their love for the game. Eli Sertell was wearing the No. 22 jersey of his favorite player, even though Andrew McCutchen was traded by the Pirates to the San Francisco Giants in January. “He cried when he heard the..." April 02

  • Pirates righty Trevor Williams pulled from no-hitter after six innings due to pitch count

    CBS Sports "Saturday night, Minnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson was pulled from a no-hitter after six innings due to his pitch count. He'd thrown 102 pitches up to that point. The bullpen eventually allowed a base hit in the win. On Sunday, Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams suffered a..." April 01

  • Report: Some players, agents 'agitating' to remove Clark as MLBPA head

    The Score "Opening Day is just around the corner, but baseball's slow offseason and stagnant free-agent market have left many players frustrated by their union. And for some, that frustration has apparently boiled over. With a number of veterans still unemployed, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." March 27

  • Pirates Re-Sign Daniel Nava To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have agreed to a new contract with outfielder Daniel Nava, The Athletic’s Rob Biertempfel reports (Twitter link). As expected, the pact is a minor league deal, according to Liz Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Bucs released Nava earlier this week but it was widely expected..." March 23

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • Pirates outfielder Daniel Nava out 10-12 weeks after back surgery

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates outfielder Daniel Nava underwent back surgery and is expected to be out for 10-12 weeks, Pirates director of sports medicine Tom Tomczyk said on Wednesday. Nava signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates a week before the start of spring training, but participated only in the first..." February 28

  • Pirates’ Jordy Mercer Happy To Pass On Advice To Prospects

    CBS Pittsburgh "It was not all that long ago that Jordy Mercer was the young guy in Bradenton anxious to become a big leaguer. But now – going into this seventh (and almost certainly his final) season in Pittsburgh – Mercer is the wise old shortstop doling out advice to the prospects. And he is happy to do it..." February 27

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • Royals sign Saunders 2 days after he joined Pirates, confusing everyone

    Kansas City Star "The Royals announced Friday afternoon the signing of former Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league contract with a spring training invite. Saunders signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates on Wednesday and even arrived at their camp in Bradenton, Fla., within hours of..." February 23

  • Pirates Acquire Corey Dickerson From Rays

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced that they’ve acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rays in exchange for reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash. Tampa Bay recently designated Dickerson, 28, for assignment in a move that came as a surprise to many. Dickerson posted..." February 22

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Report: Canadian Michael Saunders signs minor-league deal with Pirates

    Sportsnet "Canadian outfielder Michael Saunders has signed a minor-league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Saunders, of Victoria, B.C., split last season between the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays. " February 21

  • Red Sox trade Bryce Brentz to Pirates

    WEEI Boston "It appears the Red Sox have done Bryce Brentz a favor. The team announced it had shipped the outfielder to the Pirates for cash considerations. The move comes after the impending acquisition of J.D. Martinez cut the likelihood of Brentz making the final 25-roster down significantly. Brentz..." February 20

  • Pirates' Diaz felt 'overwhelming' joy after mother's rescue

    MLB.com "Pirates catcher Elias Diaz reported to Spring Training on Sunday morning, smiling as usual inside the Pirate City clubhouse, with some good news to share. His mother, Ana Isabel Soto, is "doing a lot better" after she was kidnapped and rescued in Venezuela, Diaz said. "She's doing well. That's..." February 18

  • Harrison echoes Freese's criticism of Pirates' efforts to win

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Josh Harrison on Sunday echoed the sentiments of the statement he released after the Pirates traded Andrew McCutchen: If you’re not trying to win, trade me too. “My main goal is to make sure wherever I am, that they understand that I want to win,” Harrison said after reporting to Pirate City...." February 18

  • David Freese had a lot to say about the Pirates and their lack of a 'winning culture'

    CBS Sports "Pittsburgh Pirates fans have suffered through a lot in recent months. The front office traded Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, the club's biggest star and its best pitcher, and as of Friday has yet to sign a free agent to a big-league deal. As a result, the Pirates are not likely to contend this..." February 16

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

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