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."
Hardball Talk "The Pirates have claimed infielder Jake Elmore off waivers from the Reds, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports. Elmore, 27, spent the first four months of the season with the Athletics at Triple-A Sacramento, where he batted .282/.374/.365. The Reds claimed him off waivers in early..." November 08
Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05
CBSSports.com "The Cubs, already the leader in free agency after landing marquee manager Joe Maddon for a $25-million, five-year deal, are going to target top free agent catcher Russell Martin, sources connected to the team said. The Cubs, expected to be a big player in the market with hopes of contending as..." November 04
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Believe it or not, the Pirates have tasks on their free-agency to-do list aside from trying to re-sign catcher Russell Martin. Open season began at 12:01 a.m. today, the first day free agents can negotiate and sign with teams other than their previous club. Four former Pirates — left-hander..." November 04
Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23
Hardball Talk "Earlier today, it was announced that top scout Mike Russell left the Tigers to join the Diamondbacks as a special assistant to the senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson. The Tigers have already filled the vacancy, bringing aboard former Pirates GM Dave Littlefield,..." October 19
Hardball Talk "Ike Davis was traded from the Mets to the Pirates in April, but he could soon be on the move again. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has the story: It won’t be as high-profile as last winter, but former Met Ike Davis could be once again looking for another team this offseason. Davis..." October 19
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The home opener always is the hottest ticket of the season for the Pirates. Next year, it also will be the most expensive. The Pirates will hike the cost of season-ticket plans by an average of 9.1 percent next season. The team also set a special, higher price level for their April 14, 2015..." October 16
CBSSports.com "The Pirates plan to extend the $15.3 million qualifying offer to star free-agent catcher Russell Martin, league sources said. The Pirates made a multiyear offer to Martin sometime during the season, as was reported here, and are apparently serious in their efforts to try to retain Martin. The..." October 16
CBSSports.com "The Pirates made a late attempt to re-sign star catcher Russell Martin with an offer sometime during this season, but Martin is well-positioned for a monster payday after his terrific performance and there's no indication the sides are anywhere near close. The Pirates are said to have met on..." October 10
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "By the end of the 2014 season, the Pirates had six starting pitchers with more than 100 innings pitched. Four are under contract for next season. The other two are left-hander Francisco Liriano, who didn't have nearly the season he did in 2013 but was better down the stretch, and Edinson..." October 09
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has a lot of decisions to make during the offseason, but one thing he won't have to do — unless someone leaves — is interview candidates for the 2015 coaching staff. From manager Clint Hurdle, who underwent successful hip replacement surgery Monday, to..." October 08
San Jose Mercury News "The chants were deafening and in unison. "Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die!" With one swing of Brandon Crawford's bat, 40,000 voices gave way to one. "Come on, Eddie!" a frustrated fan behind the plate screamed at pitcher Edinson Volquez. Crawford became the first shortstop in MLB history to hit..." October 02
Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01
Red Reporter "The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Ladies and gentlemen, Johnny Cueto. The Reds' ace put an exclamation point on his stellar 2014 season by earning his twentieth win. He pitched eight innings, giving up one run and striking out seven. On the season, he has racked up 242..." September 29
Stewart leaves game. Cueto's bat hit him on left hand/wrist. Tony Sanchez enters.
#Pirates Ike Davis left game due to flu-like symptoms, team says.
Cincinnati Enquirer "In the end, it may have just been avoiding their 87 loss of the season, but the Reds — and especially Ramon Santiago — didn't see it that way. Santiago gave the Reds a 10-6 victory in 10 innings over the Pirates, who were still hoping to win the National League Central, with a walk-off grand..." September 28