Pirates Rumors & News

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • John Jaso Likely To Retire, Live On Sailboat

    Deadspin "John Jaso, the dreaded pirate-looking dude who plays for the Pirates, told reporters yesterday he is probably calling it a career now that the season is over and his contract is up. Better yet: He’s retiring from baseball to sail the seven seas. No piracy, hopefully. Jaso played for four teams..." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • MLB reacts to Wiz Khalifa miming joint puff before first pitch at Pirates game

    Sportress of Blogitude "Wiz Khalifa created quite the scene Wednesday during his ceremonial first pitch before the Pittsburgh Pirates-Baltimore Orioles tilt at PNC Park. Suffice to say, Major League Baseball didn’t find the Pittsburgh rapper’s appearance a “hit” by any stretch the word. Khalifa, 27, sporting a shirt..." September 28

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • A lot of things need to go right for the Pirates to contend in 2018

    CBS Sports "The Pirates have been eliminated from postseason contention, and not long ago they ensured a second-straight losing season. Given the recent baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh, that's a disappointing outcome. Will 2018 bring better fortunes? That's the matter at hand. The structural problem..." September 18

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Pirates' rookie Josh Bell keeps mashing, but few seem to notice

    Sporting News "Josh Bell’s choice of pregame attire Thursday got compliments from teammates and media members alike. His shirt was a Dave Parker classic: a form-fitting black T-shirt announcing, “If you hear any noise, it’s just me and the boys boppin'." Bell has been compared to Parker multiple times this..." September 08

  • Cardinals Trade for Pitcher Nicasio

    CBS St. Louis "The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio (pronounced nih-KAH-see-oh) from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league infielder Eliezer Alvarez. Nicasio, 31, had joined the Phillies just last week (August 31) on a waiver..." September 06

  • Clint Hurdle agrees to four-year contract extension with Pirates

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Clint Hurdle will return to manage the Pirates in 2018, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Hurdle has agreed to a four-year contract extension, which replaces the 2018 club option on his current deal and keeps him under contractual control through 2021. The guaranteed..." September 04

  • Josh Harrison exits game after taking a 96 MPH fastball off his hand

    Hardball Talk "Pirates’ second baseman Josh Harrison was removed from Saturday’s game after taking a 96 MPH fastball to his left hand. The pitch, a wayward 0-2 ball from Reds’ right-hander Tyler Mahle, appeared to strike Harrison somewhere on his left wrist/hand area and prompted an immediate visit from a..." September 03

  • Pirates place Harrison on DL with fractured finger

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates put Josh Harrison on the 10-day disabled list Sunday because of a broken pinky in his left hand. The injury does not officially end his season, but in all likelihood he will not return. Broken bones take four to six weeks to heal, after which the player needs to return to swinging..." September 03

  • Phillies claim veteran reliever Juan Nicasio from Pirates

    CSN Philly "The Phillies added a veteran reliever on Thursday, claiming right-hander Juan Nicasio off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nicasio, 31, has a 2.85 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 60 innings this season, which he's spent as the Pirates' setup man. This was Nicasio's final season of arbitration..." August 31

  • Pirates Place Juan Nicasio, Wade LeBlanc On Irrevocable Waivers

    MLB Trade Rumors "6:34pm: Southpaw Wade LeBlanc is also on irrevocable waivers, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweets. LeBlanc is earning just $750K this year and can be controlled next year via arbitration or a $1.25MM club option (with a $50K buyout). The 33-year-old lefty has thrown 61 1/3..." August 30

  • Dominican Winter League team announces a contract for Jung Ho Kang; visa status unclear

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Twitter account for Aguilas Cibaenas, a team in the Dominican Winter League, announced a deal with Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang Tuesday. It is unclear if this means Kang has acquired a visa to play in the Dominican Republic. “We know we have a club that will play him, provided we..." August 29

  • Polanco's '17 return TBD; 'Cisco' due back soon

    MLB.com "Polanco was eligible to return Wednesday, but he is still in the early stages of his rehabilitation. Polanco took batting practice on the field early Wednesday afternoon, and he has been throwing. He is still limited to indoor conditioning work, including running on an underwater..." August 24

  • Pirates' Kang to play winter ball in Dominican Republic

    CBS Sports "General manager Neal Huntington said the club is working on getting Kang (suspension) to travel to the Dominican Republic for winter ball following the 2017 season, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. With Kang battling legal issues in South Korea, he has been unable to acquire a work visa to come..." August 24

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • 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

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