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  • Shocking Names Who Could Be Available at the 2019 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "It's a safe guess Major League Baseball megastars such as Mike Trout, Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger and Alex Bregman won't be available ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. There are otherwise plenty of stars who will be—and quite a few unexpected ones who..." June 24

  • Pirates Place Gregory Polanco On 10-Day IL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have placed outfielder Gregory Polanco on the 10-Day IL with left shoulder inflammation, the team announced. Outfielder Jason Martin has been recalled in his place. It’s the same shoulder on which Polanco underwent major surgery in the offseason, resulting in a month-long..." June 22

  • Jameson Taillon on his elbow issues: 'I just want to pitch'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jameson Taillon isn't worried about pitching in his hometown of Houston next week. He simply wants to pitch again. As it stands now, the Pirates' ace has seen his return from a right elbow flexor tendon strain stall, and it could be 10 days to two weeks until he..." June 20

  • Pirates Activate Trevor Williams, Option Mitch Keller

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced today that they have activated right-hander Trevor Williams. To open an active roster spot, the club optioned fellow righty Mitch Keller. Williams ended up missing just over a month of action with a side strain. Before going on the injured list on May 17, the..." June 19

  • M.L.B. and Players’ Union Set to Begin Early Labor Talks

    New York Times "Top officials from Major League Baseball and the M.L.B. Players’ Association met at the league office on Monday, the first step in a process that the union hopes will result in substantive changes to the sport’s labor agreement. Monday’s meeting was only to discuss..." June 18

  • Top 50 Trade Candidates For The 2019 MLB Trade Deadline

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’re bringing back our annual series in the run-up to the trade deadline, drawing from our power ranking approach to pending free agents. As the summer trade market develops on a fairly tight timeline, you can expect more regular updates when modifications to the list are..." June 18

  • Pirates Sign Darnell Sweeney To Minors Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have signed utilityman Darnell Sweeney to a minor league contract, John Dreker of Pirates Prospects reports.  Sweeney will report to the Bucs’ Triple-A affiliate. Sweeney appeared in two games with the Blue Jays last season, which marked his first taste of Major..." June 15

  • Eight MLB players having disappointing seasons

    Larry Brown Sports "We’re over two months into the MLB season, and things are really starting to take shape across the league. While we’ve been delighted by the performances of numerous star players, there are also some big names that have, for whatever reason, simply failed to launch in 2019 and have..." June 14

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Expected To Call Up Dario Agrazal To Pitch Against Miami Marlins This Weekend

    CBS Pittsburgh "According to reports, Pirates minor league pitcher Dario Agrazal could be making his MLB debut this weekend. Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Bucs intend to call up Agrazal to pitch on Saturday against the Marlins. “Per a source, Dario..." June 14

  • Why MLB players are being hit at a historic rate

    NBC Sports Washington "The baseball has been a torture device this season, thumping hitters from shoulder to toe, producing injuries which have altered races. The Nationals know this as well as anyone. Anthony Rendon appeared part of Voodoo get-back when he was hit on the elbow, foot, shin and quad. He’s played..." June 14

  • MLB trade deadline: Red Sox, Giants among baseball’s most interesting potential dealmakers

    Sporting News "When the Red Sox fell to 11-17 in late-April with a loss to the Rays, they forced themselves to spend much of the first half playing catch-up in the AL East. Boston has somewhat recovered from the slow start, but it remains 7 1/2 games out of the AL East and in far worse shape than Tampa Bay or..." June 14

  • MLB Rumor: Major League Baseball Possibly Exploring Las Vegas Expansion

    Total Pro Sports "Las Vegas has been mentioned in the past few years as a possibility for Major League Baseball expansion, with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred stating on The Dan Patrick Show in 2018, “I think Vegas is a viable expansion alternative. I think it’s big enough.” Vegas..." June 13

  • Blue Jays Acquire Nick Kingham from Pirates

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Nick Kingham from the Pirates for cash considerations, as announced by the Pirates. " June 13

  • Trump Will Play Ball With MLB On Cuban Players If League Helps With Venezuela

    NPR "President Trump has resumed talks with Major League Baseball owners after his administration blocked a historic agreement that would have allowed Cuban baseball players to join MLB teams without having to defect. But the White House made clear that in exchange for revisiting..." June 13

  • Is Chris Archer Broken?

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates decided last July to trade two of their prized young players, outfielder Austin Meadows and right-hander Tyler Glasnow, to the Rays for veteran righty Chris Archer. The Bucs took the gamble because they thought they were acquiring a top-of-the-rotation..." June 13

  • Trevor Williams to make rehab start with Class AAA Indianapolis

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates needed some good news in the midst of a five-game losing streak. Trevor Williams being able to make a rehab start with the Class AAA Indianapolis Indians on Thursday could be that needed boost.  Williams has been out since May 16 with a right side strain. The Pirates..." June 13

  • A couple of MLB division races are already over – but others are just about to get going

    USA Today "With four teams on pace to lose 100 games, there will already be enough meaningless baseball this summer without declaring any division races dead by Flag Day. Yet here we are. A potent combination of organizational brilliance and competitive malfeasance has once..." June 12

  • Report: Pirates’ “Preference” Is To Trade Corey Dickerson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates are interested in finding a trade partner to take outfielder Corey Dickerson, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription link). Dickerson, 30, is earning $8.5MM in his final season of arbitration eligibility. As we discussed recently..." June 11

  • Pirates president called MLB demanding explanation for Musgrove's ejection

    The Score "Joe Musgrove felt wronged by his ejection from Monday's game, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are taking up his cause. Pirates president Frank Coonelly was one of several members of the organization to contact Joe Torre - MLB's chief baseball officer and the person..." June 11

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Move Jordan Lyles To the Injured List

    CBS Pittsburgh "There has been a quick change mid-season for the Pittsburgh Pirates after two pitchers are moved from the roster. ROSTER MOVE: We have recalled RHP Montana DuRapau from AAA Indy and placed RHP Jordan Lyles on the 10-Day IL with left hamstring tightness. " June 10

  • Pirates to 'look externally' for rotation options

    Yardbarker "The Pirates’ rotation in 2019 has been unexpectedly weak. Injuries to Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams and some alarming regression for Chris Archer have overshadowed solid performances by Joe Musgrove and offseason signee Jordan Lyles. Longtime prospect Nick Kingham entered the year..." June 10

  • Neal Huntington blames himself for Pirates’ pitching problems

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates entered the 2019 season thinking they had enough pitching depth. Turns out that assessment was wrong, and general manager Neal Huntington said as much while meeting with local reporters on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park. "We’ve had a large number of..." June 10

  • Top 2019 MLB Trade Assets Who Should Be Untouchable

    Bleacher Report "This is the time of year when it's easy to get carried away with discussions of which players should be moved ahead of Major League Baseball's July 31 trade deadline. In this instance, we're going to shift the focus onto players who shouldn't be..." June 06

  • Top 10 MLB trade deadline candidates

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball trade deadline is roughly a month and a half away, but trade season appears to have started in earnest with the Seattle Mariners shipping Jay Bruce to the Philadelphia Phillies. While the trades won’t exactly come fast and furious from this point on, it is..." June 05

  • Pirates Announcer Steve Blass Embarrasses Himself Again With Ronald Acuña Comments

    The Big Lead "Steve Blass doesn’t like a certain type of player. You can call them “flashy” I guess, but there might be something else going on with the Pittsburgh Pirates announcer. On Tuesday night he went out of the way to comment on Atlanta..." June 05

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred: MLB will continue focus on fan safety

    Houston Chronicle "The terrifying incident that saw a young fan struck with a foul ball last week at Minute Maid Park "will spur additional conversations" about ballpark netting and safety, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday. "That conversation will take..." June 05

  • Pirates Searching For Mid-Season Acquisitions

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates aren’t exactly playing inspired ball at 28-30, but they remain in the hunt in a densely packed NL Central. GM Neal Huntingon indicated that he’s on the look for acquisitions in an interview with 93.7 FM The Fan (as covered by Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh..." June 04

  • How Joey Cora pulled Alex along after their father died

    ESPN "Just one more out, and Joey Cora's little brother would be a champion. One more out, for a moment of elation and celebration, for reflection, for what they had lost and won together. Alex Rodriguez was seated right next to Joey Cora, watching the game but also watching Joey watch..." June 02

  • Pirates' Keone Kela has setback in recovery from shoulder injury

    Yardbarker "The Pirates have halted the rehab assignment of righty Keone Kela, the club informed reporters, including Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic. He has been sidelined since early May with a shoulder issue that hasn’t yet fully dissipated. Kela made one appearance at Triple-A on May..." June 01

  • Pirates’ Clint Hurdle believes Josh Bell won’t mishandle fame

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "While Josh Bell finds himself in demand all over the major leagues, Clint Hurdle doesn’t believe the fame will negatively impact his slugging first baseman. “We’ve had a couple conversations along the way,” the Pittsburgh Pirates manager said. Hurdle..." June 01

  • Major League Baseball “will keep examining” its protective netting policy

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday a child was injured by a line drive foul ball at the Cubs-Astros game. It’s, unfortunately, an old story. Even more unfortunate is Major League Baseball’s old response. From the Associated Press: Major League Baseball said Thursday it will keep examining its..." May 30

  • Pirates broadcaster rips Reds' Derek Dietrich for home run celebrations: 'Can’t stand him'

    USA Today "Derek Dietrich has done a lot of damage against the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, hitting seven home runs in nine games against them. He drilled three homers to right field during the Reds’ 11-6 victory on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. The..." May 30

  • Scary foul-ball incident in Houston confirms belief that anti-safety netting arguments make zero sense

    Sporting News "The truest words ever written in this internet age of ours are these: Never read the comments. Normally, I try to stick to that philosophy, but last night and this morning, I read the comments/replies. I don't know what I was expecting, but I was still appalled. The replies were..." May 30

  • Pirates return Mitch Keller to Class AAA Indianapolis

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It looks like Mitch Keller will have to wait to build on the progress he made Monday night. After his MLB debut went from horrific to somewhat promising during an 8-1 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park, the Pirates on Tuesday optioned Keller, their top prospect, to..." May 29

  • Pirates Acquire Yefry Ramirez, Designate Jesus Liranzo

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have acquired right-hander Yefry Ramirez from the Orioles for a player to be named later or cash considerations, per announcements from both teams. To make room for Ramirez on its 40-man roster, Pittsburgh designated righty Jesus Liranzo for..." May 28

  • The silly new All-Star voting system begins today

    Hardball Talk "Back in March we learned that Major League Baseball was going to adopt a new All-Star voting process. Today it gets underway. It’s a two-tiered system modeled roughly after political elections because, hey, who doesn’t love and want more of those? The first part of..." May 28

  • Pirates Select Alex McRae, Transfer Corey Dickerson To 60-Day IL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced that they’ve selected right-hander Alex McRae’s contract from Triple-A Indianapolis. To make 40-man room for McRae, Pittsburgh transferred outfielder Corey Dickerson from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL. The club also optioned..." May 27

  • Pittsburgh Pirates aren't getting the Chris Archer they hoped for

    The Sports Daily "Chris Archer took the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates to face the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. LA is one of baseball’s best offenses, and unfortunately for the 30-year-old, they once again looked the part. The right-hander lasted just five innings, allowing four runs on six..." May 27

  • The Pirates want to change MLB's concussion rules

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Neal Huntington expects his phone to start ringing soon. No, maybe not with a trade proposal, as the Pirates general manager again reminded the assembled media that only 3 percent of trades over the past decade have been consummated at this time of the year. Speaking before..." May 27

  • Pirates' Francisco Cervelli suffers concussion symptoms after being hit by bat

    The Score "Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was forced to leave Saturday's game after Joc Pederson's bat broke at the handle and hit the backstop in the front of the mask. After a brief delay, Cervelli stayed in to finish the inning, but was lifted for a pinch hitter in the..." May 26

  • Pirates place Francisco Cervelli on seven-day concussion IL

    Yardbarker "The Pirates have designated infielder Jake Elmore for assignment and selected the contract of catcher Jacob Stallings from Triple-A Indianapolis, per Adam Berry of MLB.com. The club has also placed catcher Francisco Cervelli on the seven-day concussion injured list and recalled..." May 26

  • Pirates' Joe Musgrove calls on team's management to add help to struggling, injured rotation

    CBS Sports "Saturday night, the meat grinder that is the Dodgers' lineup roughed up Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove for six runs on 10 hits in five innings (LAD 7, PIT 2). He threw 84 pitches. That happened one day after opener Michael Feliz surrendered five runs and recorded one out. It..." May 26

  • After losing his power stroke in 2018, Josh Bell has become one of the top hitters in baseball in 2019

    CBS Sports "I know of at least one person who did not expect Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell to have the monster breakout season he's currently having. In the days leading up to Opening Day 2019, an anonymous scout absolutely shredded Bell in Sports Illustrated's season preview. The..." May 26

  • Pirates top prospect Mitch Keller to make major-league debut Monday

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Pirates will have a new face for their twin bill against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, as the club will promote top prospect Mitch Keller to start on the mound, according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. The 23-year-old right-hander is a former second-round pick and is the..." May 26

  • Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson to start rehab assignment Friday

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "On the injured list since April 4 with a right posterior shoulder strain, Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson will start a rehab assignment on Friday with Class AAA Indianapolis. The Indians are playing a short drive away, in Columbus, Ohio. Dickerson has appeared in just four games..." May 24

  • MLB trade deadline: Top 10 players who could be moved by July 31

    USA Today "He will forever be immortalized by the San Francisco Giants and their fanbase who watched Madison Bumgarner lead them to three World Series championships a decade ago. But this isn’t a time for sentimentalism. The Giants have no choice but to trade their ace,..." May 22

  • Pirates slugger Josh Bell proving critics wrong with breakout season

    USA Today "It’s like vacationing in Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower, traveling to San Francisco without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, or traveling to the Grand Canyon, without, well, looking into the canyon. Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, a Texas native, spent his..." May 20

  • JB Shuck Trying To Become Two-Way Player

    12 Up "Veteran outfielder JB Shuck is about to begin a new journey in his MLB career. His overall success or lack thereof after seven major league seasons has left him in an essentially ineffective position. So what do the Pirates do? Change the position. The Pittsburgh Pirates announced..." May 19

  • Pirates' Trevor Williams leaves game with injury

    CBS Sports "Williams left the fourth inning of Thursday's game with an apparent right oblique injury, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. The hurler winced after throwing a pitch and grabbed his right side. " May 17

  • Pirates To Select Geoff Hartlieb

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates will select the contract of righty Geoff Hartlieb, according to Stephen Nesbitt of The Athletic (via Twitter). Corresponding roster moves aren’t yet known. Hartlieb, 25, has turned in a dozen solid appearances this year at Triple-A. Through 19 innings, he..." May 17