Pirates Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Report: Mother Of Pirates Catcher Elias Diaz Rescued After Kidnapping

    CBS Pittsburgh "The mother of Pirates catcher Elias Diaz has reportedly been rescued after being kidnapped last week. Multiple reports out of Venezuela say at least six people were arrested Saturday after confessing that they were involved in the kidnapping. Five of those arrested were reportedly police..." February 11

  • Pirates sign Daniel Nava to minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Pirates finalized a minor league deal with free agent outfielder Daniel Nava on Friday, per a team announcement. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training, where Nava will presumably be available off the bench or slot into a corner outfield spot alongside established regulars like..." February 10

  • Mother of Pirates Catcher Reportedly Kidnapped in Venezuela

    12 Up "​This is sad and devastating news. The baseball world has dealt with a ton of tragedy and heartbreak over the past couple of years, and now the Pittsburgh Pirates organization is the latest to be affected. The mother of Pirates catcher Elias Diaz has been kidnapped in their native Venezuela,..." February 08

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • Pirates agree to minor league contract with outfielder Daniel Nava, report says

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Daniel Nava, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The contract reportedly contains an invitation to major league spring training. Nava, 34, had a .393 on-base percentage, a .421 slugging percentage and a .301..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • Andrew McCutchen trade sparks advertiser boycott in Bob Nutting-owned newspapers

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pirates owner Bob Nutting has been under fire from some fans since the team traded outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants last month. Now his family’s core business is taking a hit, too. Weirton Medical Center, based in West Virginia, announced Thursday that it is pulling..." February 02

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Mets flip Josh Smoker in trade with Pirates

    New York Post "They found a Josh Smoker buyer. The Mets shipped the left-hander to Pittsburgh on Wednesday in exchange for minor league lefty Daniel Zamora and cash considerations, the teams announced, days after the Mets designated Smoker for assignment. Smoker broke in with the Mets in 2016 and appeared..." January 31

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • Mets' dealing Brandon Nimmo for Pirates' Josh Harrison?

    Newark Star-Ledger "New player, same possible trade partner, new Mets strategy? After Andrew McCutchen trade talks between the Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates reportedly stalled around young outfielder Brandon Nimmo, the concept could resurface for a different on-the-move star. According to Ken Rosenthal of The..." January 29

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Pirates’ Nik Turley suspended 80 games for failed drug test

    Hardball Talk "Pirates left-hander Nik Turley has been suspended for 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance called Ipamorelin, the league announced Saturday. Turley will begin his suspension at the start of the 2018 season. The 28-year-old lefty is coming off of his..." January 28

  • MLB: No concerns with Pirates, Marlins revenue-sharing compliance

    MLB.com "Responding to concerns on the part of the Major League Baseball Players Association about the spending patterns of the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates, Major League Baseball released a statement Friday expressing confidence in both clubs' compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement's..." January 27

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • Pirates may keep Josh Harrison despite trade request

    SNY TV "Despite Josh Harrison suggesting he wants to be traded in the wake of the Pirates trading RHP Gerrit Cole and OF Andrew McCutchen, the team may be leaning toward keeping him -- at least for the first few months of the season -- reports Peter Gammons. The belief from most in baseball was that..." January 23

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Felipe Rivero gets four-year contract from Pirates

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates and closer Felipe Rivero reached a four-year contract with two club options, the team announced Thursday. The contract extends through 2021 with club options for 2022 and 2023. Rivero will make $2.5 million in 2018, $4 million in 2019, $5.25 million in 2020, and $7.25 million in..." January 18

  • Neal Huntington: ‘We Are Not Rebuilding,” Has Spoken With Josh Harrison About Trade Demands

    CBS Pittsburgh "The day after trading the face of the franchise in Andrew McCutchen, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington called into The Starkey and Mueller Show to talk about the decision and the direction the franchise is headed. Right out of the gates, Huntington talked with us about the tough decisions..." January 18

  • Mets reportedly think price for Harrison should be lower than Nimmo

    SNY TV "The Mets are "not particularly enthusiastic" about trading OF Brandon Nimmo in exchange for INF/OF Josh Harrison of the Pirates, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post. While the Mets have engaged the Pirates in talks for Harrison, talks are not ongoing, Puma also reported on Wednesday. The..." January 18

  • Pirates fans start petition asking MLB to force owner Bob Nutting to sell team

    Sporting News "Pirates owner Bob Nutting has become Public Enemy No. 1 with Bucs fans, after trading away stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in recent days. Many fans are frustrated that the team is apparently in full-rebuild mode. They should know the signs — the Pirates posted 20 straight losing..." January 18

  • Braves Acquire Shane Carle

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves announced that they’ve acquired right-hander Shane Carle from the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Pittsburgh had designated the 26-year-old Carle for assignment over the weekend in order to clear space on the roster for the players acquired..." January 17

  • Gerrit Cole throws shade at Pirates organization

    Fanrag Sports "The Houston Astros acquired right-handed starting pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates this past weekend, and Cole is thrilled to be a part of his new team. What is Cole thrilled about specifically? “It’s really special,” said Cole in his introductory press conference on..." January 17

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Mets passed at the chance to trade for Andrew McCutchen

    CBS Sports "On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants as part of a three-player deal. But before the Pirates and Giants reached an agreement -- and before the New York Mets signed Jay Bruce -- the Pirates and Mets discussed a potential swap for..." January 16

  • Josh Harrison wants to be traded if Pirates not serious about contending

    The Athletic "Josh Harrison wants to play for a winner. In a statement released Tuesday to The Athletic, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ All-Star, super-utility man responded to the team’s trades of pitcher Gerrit Cole and center fielder Andrew McCutchen by saying he would prefer to be traded if the team does not..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Could Cole trade open door for Giants to grab McCutchen?

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Whenever a marquee free agent signs in the offseason, people around the league talk about the floodgates opening for other deals. For the Giants, the hope is that a weekend trade, not a signing, might be the trigger for increased movement. The Pittsburgh Pirates dealt right-hander Gerrit Cole..." January 15

  • Giants, Pirates Agree To Andrew McCutchen Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates and Giants are in agreement on a trade that will send outfielder Andrew McCutchen from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets. The deal is pending review of medical records.. Jon Heyman and Robert Murray of FanRag had recently reported that talks between the..." January 15

  • Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million. Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement..." January 15

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • MLB prospect expert weighs in on Pirates' haul for Cole

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Saturday, the Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates struck a five-player deal. In return for ace Gerrit Cole, the Pirates nabbed pitchers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, as well as infielder Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin. To make sense of the deal, we asked Rotoworld's..." January 14

  • Pirates make mistake of selling low on Gerrit Cole now, and that will hurt them later

    Sporting News "The rich got richer Saturday night, as the Astros swung a deal for Pirates hurler Gerrit Cole. Houston, fresh off a World Series parade, now boasts a rotation featuring Cole, Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton, plus Brad Peacock wondering where he fits in...." January 14

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