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  • Pirates Place Chris Archer, Clay Holmes On Injured List

    Pirates Prospects "The Pittsburgh Pirates added right-handed pitchers Dario Agrazal and Parker Markel ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Washington Nationals. To make room on the 25-man roster, both Chris Archer and Clay Holmes were placed on the 10-day injured list. " August 21

  • MLB warns sexual enhancers may include PEDs

    ESPN "Major League Baseball in a memo warned about the "very real risk" of over-the-counter sexual-enhancement pills after at least two players this year were suspended for performance-enhancing drugs and claimed the banned substances found in their urine came from the unregulated products,..." August 21

  • Pirates’ Chris Archer leaves start after 1 inning because of shoulder injury

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "It’s tough to determine whose season has turned more nightmarish — the Pittsburgh Pirates’ or veteran starter Chris Archer’s. Each took a further turn for the worse Tuesday when Archer left his start after one inning because of injury. The reason the team gave..." August 21

  • Garbage time, all the time: MLB sees historic spike in position players pitching

    USA Today "For years, it was perhaps the noblest surrender in sports, a rare raising of the white flag that mixed comedy, camaraderie and selflessness. Now, the sight of a position player climbing the mound to record the final outs of a lopsided major league game is an almost routine occurrence,..." August 21

  • Reds and Pirates Were Already Issued Intense Warnings Ahead of Upcoming Weekend Rivalry Series

    12 Up "Forget the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals rivalries. There is no greater beef in baseball right now than the one between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates. Less than a month ago, the Reds and Pirates were involved in a..." August 21

  • Pirates Announce Series Of Roster Moves

    MLB Trade Rumors "In a grab bag of roster moves, the Pirates have announced the activation of reliever Richard Rodriguez from the injured list, the optioning of pitcher Montana DuRapau to Triple-A, the reinstatement of infielder Jose Osuna from suspension, and the long-delayed..." August 20

  • Several home run records will fall this season

    Beyond The Boxscore "51 was a foreign number to me. At the age of seven, an emboldened 51 on the back of a baseball card simply didn’t belong in the home run column. It was absurd and grotesque. Hitting 50 bombs was something I read about in baseball history books (yeah, I was a weird second grader). It..." August 20

  • Each MLB Team's Most Boneheaded Decision of 2019

    Bleacher Report "With trade season over and the postseason still a good distance in the future, now is a perfect time to second-guess decisions Major League Baseball teams have made in 2019. Specifically, we've attempted to pinpoint each team's most boneheaded choice since the season properly..." August 20

  • 10 active MLB players who would make great managers after they retire

    CBS Sports "It's no secret that active managers and coaches are getting younger each and every year. Most recently, front-offices have become more open to hiring recently retired players to lead their clubs. With a higher reliance on analytics and less dependency on the Xs and Os, the..." August 20

  • The Best Young Starters Of 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’re nearing the end of the 2019 regular season, a campaign which has featured plenty of valuable contributions from young starters. By my count, no fewer than 10 starters age 25 or younger have excelled this year. Several of them could continue helping their teams’ causes once the..." August 20

  • MLB lifers decry the state of the modern baseball: 'Unwatchable'

    USA Today "The game is still played with the pitchers’ mound 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate, the bases 90 feet apart, three outs per half inning and nine innings in a regulation game. Those are about the only constants resembling the game of baseball as we once knew..." August 19

  • Pirates' Bryan Reynolds is an overlooked rookie standout — and that's probably not changing

    Sporting News "Not much has gone right for the Pirates or their fans since the All-Star break. The club is just 6-25 since the second half started - easily the worst record in the bigs in that stretch - and the only trade deadline of the season passed without any significant deals bringing back..." August 17

  • Each MLB Team's Worst Bang-for-Your-Buck Star in 2019

    Bleacher Report "As we head into the dog days of summer and toward the MLB stretch run, it's as good a time as any to examine every team's worst bang-for-your-buck star. This isn't an exact science. But we'll consider each player's 2019 salary (per Spotrac) versus..." August 16

  • Brewers sign Jung Ho Kang

    Hardball Talk "The Milwaukee Brewers have signed infielder Jung Ho Kang to a minor league contract. Kang was released by the Pirates earlier this month. Before that he hit just .169/.222/.395 over 185 plate appearances. He doesn’t cost the Brewers anything and I suppose it’s..." August 16

  • Minor league options can be a major league headache, but it beats the alternative

    SB Nation "Watch any major league game these days, and you’ll probably see both managers make several trips out to the mound to make a pitching change. Heavy reliance on relief pitchers lends itself to roster churn, a near-constant replenishing of bullpen arms. It’s created a class..." August 16

  • 12 Pitchers Whose Saves Tallies Will Drive 2020 Earnings

    MLB Trade Rumors "The ability to handle late-inning pressure still has value to teams. But the accumulation of saves, standing alone, isn’t generally the driver of open-market bullpen salaries that it once was. For arbitration, however, saves tallies pay big, opening the door to significant earning..." August 16

  • Pirates clubhouse has been a mess lately

    Hardball Talk "The Pirates season has been a disappointing one with injury and underachievement marring any chance they had at being competitive. At the moment they’re mired in last place, have the second-worst record in the National League and, since the All-Star break, are a dreadful..." August 16

  • 6 Extended Players Who Have Improved In 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "There was a well-documented run on contract extensions prior to this season, which bled into the current campaign in multiple instances. All told, 30 players inked multiyear pacts with their clubs between January and April. We highlighted five last week who’ve disappointed this..." August 16

  • Predicting 2020 Landing Spots for Each Top MLB Free Agent Post-Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Now that the Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone, up next on the list of things to look forward to are the stretch run of the regular season and, of course, the postseason. But let's skip right past those and look ahead to free agency. We have fresh..." August 15

  • Every MLB contender's most important player for the playoff race

    USA Today "With just six weeks left in the regular season, baseball's playoff races are heating up. Several divisions are still in play, which trickles down to the wild-card races, particularly in the National League with seven teams within 4 ½ games. Here's a..." August 15

  • Jameson Taillon To Miss Next Season After Tommy John Surgery

    CBS Pittsburgh "Jameson Taillon underwent surgery on his right arm and will miss next season. The Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, the Pirates announced. The release said Taillon is projected to return to full competition for the 2021 season. " August 14

  • Who Else Could Hit Outright Waivers In August?

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have made a pair of claims already, nabbing Kevin Gausman from the Braves and Freddy Galvis from the Blue Jays. While the Cincinnati organization still hasn’t manage to make a run into clear postseason contention, it’s in shouting distance and obviously..." August 14

  • 15 pitchers who may be approaching an innings limit, including Mike Soroka and Chris Paddack

    CBS Sports "We're inside seven weeks to go in the 2019 season, which means every pitcher has about 8-9 starts and maybe 45-50 innings remaining. That is, if they're allowed to use them. Innings limits are a fact of life. When a guy's workload enters uncharted territory, you..." August 13

  • Top takeaways from MLB's 2020 schedule release

    ESPN "Good news if you're a Tigers, Orioles, Mariners or Royals fan: You can start prepping for 2020! MLB released its 2020 schedule and here are some key dates to know. Opening Day, March 26: All 30 teams will open up on a Thursday in late March. At least MLB did a better job of..." August 12

  • MLB unveils 2020 schedule with 30-team Opening Day set for March 26

    The Score "Major League Baseball has announced the schedule for the 2020 season, which will officially begin with all 30 teams playing Thursday, March 26.  MLB Communications cataloged some noteworthy contests on next season's calendar, including the first game at the Texas..." August 12

  • 2020 Vesting Options Update

    MLB Trade Rumors "With over two-thirds of the 2019 season in the books, let’s check in to see how seven players are progressing towards possible vesting options in their contracts.  For those unfamiliar with the term, a vesting option is an agreed-upon threshold within a player’s contract..." August 12

  • Mitch Keller on Mike Trout: 'I can go up against anybody'

    MLB.com "Nine years ago, Mike Trout was not yet the best baseball player on the planet. He was an 18-year-old prospect tearing up the Midwest League with the Angels’ Class A affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The way he played then stood out to a 14-year-old Cedar Rapids native by the name of Mitch..." August 11

  • What's going on with Josh Bell?

    The Sports Daily "If we solely take a look at Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell‘s season-long numbers, his 2019 campaign is already far-and-away the best of his young career. The only problem is that his production has been awfully lopsided. Entering Sunday’s action, Bell has..." August 11

  • Francisco Cervelli To Begin Rehab Assignment As Catcher

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Francisco Cervelli’s long road to recovery will reach a critical point Sunday when he begins a rehab assignment as a catcher in Double-A Altoona. Cervelli, who had been the Pittsburgh Pirates’ regular catcher since 2015, has been on the injured list since May 26 with a..." August 10

  • Mitch Keller to be called up for rotation turn (source)

    MLB.com "Asked last Sunday when top prospect Mitch Keller would join the struggling Pirates’ rotation, executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington said, “As much as anything else, it’s about opportunity.” When starter Dario Agrazal was optioned to..." August 08

  • 6 Non-Tendered Players Who Could Be Re-Tendered This Fall

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLBTR is the hottest spot on the internet for all your arbitration needs! I know, I know … bold marketing statement. But it’s true. We take the arb process seriously in these parts, from essential arbitration projections to detailed breakdowns to in-time coverage of the..." August 08

  • Early Team-by-Team MLB Free-Agency Predictions Post-2019 Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The MLB trade deadline is in the rearview. We're headed for the stretch run. Let's pause for a moment to gaze ahead at the upcoming free-agent market and predict the direction each team will take.  It's early, sure. But it's an interesting thought..." August 07

  • Re-Ranking MLB's Top 10 Lineups Post-Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Pitching might win championships, but a sputtering offense can derail a title run just as quickly as an underperforming starting rotation or a porous bullpen. More than a few notable hitters changed teams at this year's trade deadline, while other squads have made in-house..." August 06

  • Pirates Claim Right-Handed Pitcher Yacksel Rios from Philadelphia Phillies

    Pirates Prospects "The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have claimed right-handed pitcher Yacksel Rios from the Philadelphia Phillies. He was placed on waivers on Monday. Rios has been assigned to Indianapolis. The 26-year-old Rios had 53 games of MLB experience over the last three seasons. " August 03

  • Pirates DFA Jung Ho Kang

    CBS Pittsburgh "The Pirates have recalled infielder Erik Gonzalez from his rehab assignment and intend to also recall Pablo Reyes from Indianapolis. In order to make room on the roster, they have designated infielder Jung Ho Kang for assignment. " August 02

  • MLB's Juiced Ball Controversy Has Pitchers Scrambling and Suspicious

    Bleacher Report "As Jose Martinez walked toward his position in right field during batting practice one day earlier this summer, he casually bounced a ball into the infield dirt. The scene was striking: The baseball hit the dirt with a thud, bounced up waist-high, and Martinez caught it with his right..." August 02

  • These scientists may have solved MLB's 'juiced' baseball problem

    USA Today "In cardboard boxes and plastic bins. On shelving units and tabletops. Even suspended in midair, as if by magic. In the sprawling Sports Science Laboratory at Washington State University, baseballs are everywhere. In flight, too, when they’re fired out of air..." August 02

  • 10 offseason trade candidates, with Noah Syndergaard and a pair of Pirates back on the block

    CBS Sports "Now that Major League Baseball's trade deadline has passed, it's time to focus on the more important things in life. Like, say, offseason trade candidates. That's right, we've decided to look ahead to the winter and highlight 10 players who could soon be on the move. To those..." August 02

  • Jameson Taillon expected to undergo season-ending surgery

    Hardball Talk "The Athletic’s Rob Biertempfel reports that Pirates starter Jameson Taillon is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to repair his right flexor tendon. Thankfully, he will not need to also undergo Tommy John surgery. The 27-year-old allowed 24 runs (17 earned)..." August 02

  • Pirates Could Move On From Jung Ho Kang

    MLB Trade Rumors "With the Pirates out of playoff contention and infielder Jung Ho Kang in the throes of an awful season, his time with the organization may be nearing an end. Kang’s Pirates tenure could expire as soon as shortstop Erik Gonzalez comes off the injured list on Aug...." August 02

  • Six players, both managers suspended over Reds-Pirates brawl

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball handed down eight suspensions for Tuesday night’s brawl between the Pirates and the Reds. Here’s the breakdown, with the verbiage describing the players’ behavior coming straight from MLB’s press release, so don’t yell at me for editorializing..." August 01

  • Top 10 players who didn't get dealt at MLB trade deadline

    USA Today "Major League Baseball's trade deadline is now behind us and while there were a few fireworks, most of the big names rumored to be available ended up staying put. Here's a look at 10 of the top players who didn't get traded: Madison Bumgarner..." August 01

  • 4 Dumbest Decisions Teams Made at the MLB Trade Deadline

    12 Up "If not for the Houston Astros swooping in at the buzzer to acquire Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks, we experienced a fairly unentertaining MLB trade deadline. Sure, we saw some shrewd moves in addition to two stars in Trevor Bauer and Marcus Stroman get dealt, but that was..." August 01

  • Ranking and evaluating the 15 best prospects traded at MLB trade deadline

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed on Wednesday afternoon, bringing with it a flurry of activity. We've covered almost every noteworthy deal elsewhere, but we wanted to dedicate some bandwidth to the prospects who were moved as part of the silly season. Below you'll find..." August 01

  • MLB Free Agents 2019: List of Top Players This Offseason After Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The MLB trade deadline has passed and there is no waiver trade deadline in 2019, so the next chance to get a significant upgrade to your team is free agency.  While much of the league is focusing on the rest of the season while trying to win a World Series title, front..." July 31

  • Losers From the 2019 MLB Trade Deadline

    The Big Lead "The 2019 MLB trade deadline has passed and now it’s time to take stock. Here’s a look at the losers from this year’s deadline. Cincinnati Reds I’m not sure of the Cincinnati Reds’ logic here. They aren’t contending — nor do they..." July 31

  • Pirates reliever Felipe Vazquez will not be traded

    Clutch Points "One of the most coveted relief pitchers supposedly on the trade market will in fact not be changing teams. According to ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan, Pittsburgh Pirates left-handed reliever Felipe Vazquez has not been traded prior to the 4 p.m. EST deadline Trade talks..." July 31

  • Phillies To Acquire Corey Dickerson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Pirates, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports (via Twitter). He’ll add a quality bat to the Phillies’ outfield mix for the remainder of the season before becoming a free agent this winter. Dickerson, 30,..." July 31

  • MLB Trade Deadline: Brewers interested in Pirates reliever Keone Kela

    Clutch Points "The Milwaukee Brewers have been talking with the Pittsburgh Pirates about trading for reliever Keone Kela, according to Robert Murray of The Athletic. Kela, who has only appeared in 17 games this season, seems to be a decently talked about commodity as the deadline..." July 31