Pirates Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Kontos bids Giants farewell: 'My heart will always bleed black and orange'

    The Score "George Kontos won two World Series in six seasons with the San Francisco Giants, so it's natural he'd take the time to put together a proper goodbye. The 32-year-old reliever was claimed off waivers Sunday by the Pittsburgh Pirates, ending his Giants stint at 300 games with the franchise, and..." August 06

  • Pirates Acquire Sean Rodriguez From Braves

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have acquired utilityman Sean Rodriguez from the Braves for a minor-league catcher, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweets." August 05

  • George Kontos claimed by Pirates on waivers

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "On Saturday, the Pirates acquired utility man Sean Rodriguez, who spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons in Pittsburgh, from the Atlanta Braves for minor league infielder Connor Joe. They also claimed reliever George Kontos off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and designated for assignment reliever..." August 05

  • Pirates acquire Benoit from Phillies

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates acquired veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit and cash considerations from the Phillies for right-handed relief prospect Seth McGarry, according to a team announcement. Benoit, 40, has a 4.07 ERA, 9.2 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 1.07 HR/9, and 31.5% groundball rate in 42 innings this year, missing..." August 01

  • Pirates reportedly trade Tony Watson to Dodgers

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates have reportedly traded reliever Tony Watson to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They had been fielding offers for Watson and righty reliever Juan Nicasio while also considering the addition of relief pitchers under team control past this season, according to major league sources." July 31

  • Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem

    New York Daily News "It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been..." July 28

  • The details of Rangers' Yu Darvish's 10-team no-trade list

    MLB Trade Rumors "At some point within the next five days the Rangers will make the franchise-altering decision whether to trade staff ace Yu Darvish. Texas is 49-51 this season and 3 1/2 games back of the second AL wild card spot. There are four teams ahead of them in the standings. FanGraphs put their postseason..." July 26

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Pirates and Royals: Off the trade block, ready to shake up pennant races

    USA Today "Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole walked slowly into the near-empty clubhouse late Monday evening at AT&T Park, but instead of answering questions about trade rumors, he was talking about playoffs. Kanas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who was supposed to be wearing a Boston Red Sox..." July 25

  • The Pirates are, not surprisingly, leaning against trading Andrew McCutchen

    Hardball Talk "Over the winter there was serious talk about the Pirates trading Andrew McCutchen to the Washington Nationals. His move to left field to allow Starling Marte to take over center further served to make McCutchen a less important part of the Pirates long term plans. Then the season began, Marte..." July 24

  • Hamstring forces Polanco to DL; Brault recalled

    MLB.com "The Pirates have placed outfielder Gregory Polanco on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. LHP Steven Brault (#43) has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. The 25-year-old Brault has gone 8-4 with a 2.06 ERA in 18 games (17 starts) with Indy this season. He was named..." July 22

  • Starling Marte to be activated today after PED suspension

    Hardball Talk "Pirates outfielder Starling Marte will return from his 80-game PED suspension today. Yesterday he faced the press. He apologized for letting his team and the fans down, bus still says that he isn’t sure what substance got him suspended. He tested poisitive for Nandrolone, but claims he did not..." July 18

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Neal Huntington: 'Hard to envision' scenario where Jung Ho Kang joins Pirates in 2017

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "On Thursday, general manager Neal Huntington admitted one can “pretty much eliminate the thought” Jung Ho Kang will play for the Pirates in 2017. It might seem common sense, since Kang already has missed 89 games, but it was the first time this year Huntington clarified Kang is unlikely to return..." July 13

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Jung Ho Kang is receiving visa help from MLB and the players union

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It has been 283 days since Jung Ho Kang last put on a Pirates uniform, and there’s no telling when, or whether, it will happen again. On Tuesday, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said their offices have attempted to aid the Pirates in..." July 11

  • Five MLB teams that should sell at the trade deadline

    Larry Brown Sports "The second wild card in Major League Baseball has made the trade deadline even more interesting and complex. There are typically more buyers and fewer sellers by virtue of more teams being in contention for the extra playoff spots. There are, however, a handful of teams that are either on the..." July 05

  • Dan Shulman leaving ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast, staying at network

    USA Today "Dan Shulman will step away as voice of ESPN’s "Sunday Night Baseball" at season’s end, the network confirmed late Monday night. Shulman, who has served as the play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s weekly featured MLB broadcast since 2011, broke news of his departure to Sports Illustrated in an..." July 04

  • Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB over discrimination, treatment by Joe Torre

    ESPN "MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is suing the league and the commissioner's office, alleging that a long-simmering personal vendetta between him and Joe Torre, as well as racial discrimination, has hindered his career advancement. In the suit filed Monday in Ohio, Hernandez claims that Torre, MLB's..." July 04

  • Pirates plan to keep Andrew McCutchen in center field when Starling Marte returns

    CBS Sports "On Sunday, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with the high Class A Bradenton Marauders, the team announced. Marte is currently serving an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. He is eligible to return on July..." July 02

  • Pirates' Marte to begin rehab assignment as PED ban nears end

    CBS Sports "Marte (suspension) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with High-A Bradenton on Sunday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Marte is eligible to return from his suspension July 18, so he'll spend the next few weeks tuning up in the minors. " July 02

  • Market for McCutchen still developing

    MLB.com "For Andrew McCutchen to be dealt at this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, he must hit like his All-Star self while the Pirates collectively struggle enough to become a seller. Those circumstances exist, with one month left in baseball's summer swap meet: McCutchen leads the team with a 1.124..." June 29

  • MLB umpire pulls woman from edge of Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "As a Major League Baseball umpire, John Tumpane often has to defuse tense situations at the ballpark. None compared to the scene he came upon Wednesday as he walked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge around 3 p.m. on his way back from a run and lunch: A few hundred yards from PNC Park, he saw a..." June 29

  • Francisco Cervelli out with 'acute-on-chronic' condition

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Continuing questions about Francisco Cervelli's health have forced the Pirates to carry three catchers on their active roster. On Wednesday, head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said Cervelli underwent “a battery of tests” and was examined by Milwaukee Brewers' doctors. Cervelli was scratched..." June 22

  • What are the odds the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen? Probably good

    Fox Sports "What are the odds that the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen? I’m guessing good. Go back to July 30, the day that the Pirates sent reliever Mark Melancon to the Nationals for left-hander Felipe Rivero and minor-league lefty Taylor Hearn. The Pirates were in contention then, just three..." June 19

  • Eddie Butler's sleeves are too bright for the Cubs' Negro Leagues jerseys

    CBS Sports "Friday night in Pittsburgh, both the Pirates and Cubs are wearing throwback Negro Leagues uniforms as part of the annual Negro Leagues Heritage Game (GameTracker). The Cubs are wearing Leland Giants jerseys from the early 1900s. The Pirates are wearing Homestead Grays uniforms. There was one..." June 17

  • Cubs, Pirates to commemorate 'Negro Leagues Heritage Game'

    MLB.com "When the Cubs and Pirates meet on Friday at PNC Park, they will celebrate the Pirates' annual "Negro Leagues Heritage Game." To mark the occasion, the Pirates will wear throwback uniforms honoring the Homestead Grays while the Cubs' uniforms will honor the Leland Giants. The Cubs' uniform..." June 16

  • Francisco Cervelli on incident: Rockies catcher was looking for a fight

    Larry Brown Sports "Francisco Cervelli says Colorado catcher Tony Wolters was looking for a fight, which helped spark a benches-clearing incident on Wednesday between the Pirates and Rockies. Cervelli was hit by a pitch from Rockies pitcher German Marquez in the bottom of the fifth. The Pittsburgh catcher was slow..." June 15

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • Yankees Acquire Matt Frawley From Pirates

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees announced that they’ve acquired minor league right-hander Matt Frawley from the Pirates to complete the April 17 trade that sent right-hander Johnny Barbato to Pittsburgh in exchange for a player to be named later. Frawley, 21, will be assigned to the Yankees’ Class-A affiliate in..." June 14

  • Pirates Designate Pat Light For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced today that they’ve designated righty Pat Light for assignment. The move clears space on the Bucs’ 40-man roster for righty Edgar Santana, who was promoted today, as anticipated, along with fellow reliever A.J. Schugel. The move fills the Bucs’ 25-man roster after the..." June 11

  • Pirates expected to sign GM Neal Huntington, manager Clint Hurdle to extensions

    Sporting News "The Pittsburgh Pirates are struggling this year, but the team reportedly remains committed to GM Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle for the long term. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports sources say the team will sign both Huntington and Hurdle to contract extensions before the end of the..." June 11

  • Ranking MLB managers on the hot seat after Cardinals' Matheny dodges bullet

    CBS Sports "On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced some personnel changes designed to right their course following a winless road trip. Manager Mike Matheny was not among those impacted, though many wondered if he was about to be fired leading into the Cardinals' press conference. Matheny has become..." June 11

  • Pirates' Jameson Taillon scheduled to start just five weeks after cancer surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have optioned starter Tyler Glasnow and reliever Dovydas Neverauskas to Triple-A Indianapolis, MLB.com’s Adam Berry tweets. The idea, as Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweets, is that Jameson Taillon will return and start on Monday, with Chad Kuhl pitching in..." June 10

  • Pirates make a change at closer after four straight blown saves by Tony Watson

    CBS Sports "In his last seven appearances, Pirates closer Tony Watson was 0 for 4 in save chances with a 10.80 ERA. That's generally not a good way to hold onto that job and, sure enough, a change has been made. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters (Stephen J. Nesbitt) on Friday that moving forward,..." June 09

  • Pirates' Gerrit Cole seems broken, and nobody knows what to do — including him

    Sporting News "Gerrit Cole knows what he needs to do. He’s just not sure how to do it. Mired in a three-week slump that has seen him hand out extra-base hits like Halloween candy, the former All-Star is searching for consistency. Consistency with his command. Consistency with his delivery. Consistency with..." June 09

  • Hurdle: Tony Watson will remain Pirates' closer

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Tony Watson will remain the Pirates' closer. After Watson blew his fourth save of the season on Tuesday, manager Clint Hurdle huddled with general manager Neal Huntington and pitching coach Ray Searage and mulled a bullpen shakeup. Management decided to stick with Watson. “A fixed mind set,..." June 08

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • Cutch keeps focus on fans, teammates

    MLB.com "It's Sunday morning at Citi Field. Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is not celebrating the fact that he made his Major League debut eight years ago. Instead, McCutchen, 30, is relaxed, sitting by his locker and talking about his game. McCutchen is the first to admit that he is off to a slow..." June 07

  • Pirates wait through 'God Bless America' to win bizarre challenge against the Mets

    CBS Sports "Many of us have envisioned how weird the timing would be on challenges in certain situations (like a would-be walk-off winner to clinch a playoff berth, only to have it overturned and stop the celebration), and we got a pretty fun one in Pittsburgh on Sunday. It appeared that John Jaso had..." June 05

  • Pirates place Chris Stewart on DL and recall Elias Diaz

    Fanrag Sports "The Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday placed catcher Chris Stewart on the 10-Day DL with a left hamstring strain and in a corresponding transaction, recalled Elias Diaz from Triple-A Indianapolis, the team announced. Tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-1 in the bottom of the 7th on Monday, the..." May 30

  • Three weeks after cancer diagnosis, Taillon set to pitch in minor-league game

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "On Sunday, one day shy of three weeks since Jameson Taillon underwent surgery for testicular cancer, he will to return to the mound to pitch for Class AA Altoona in Erie. Taillon will begin his rehab assignment with the Curve, starting his climb back to the majors. Taillon, 25, was placed on..." May 28

  • Pirates' Jameson Taillon solid in 1st rehab start after cancer surgery

    ESPN "Less than three weeks after testicular cancer surgery, Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon struck out six in three scoreless innings in his first rehab start. Taillon allowed one hit and one walk for Double-A Altoona on Sunday, throwing one wild pitch." May 28

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