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  • Pirates minor leaguer Tyler Eppler heads to Japan

    Hardball Talk "Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League have purchased the contract of right-hander Tyler Eppler from the Pirates. Eppler, 26, was a sixth round draft pick of the Pirates back in 2014. He just completed his second season of..." January 15

  • Pirates GM Neal Huntington addresses questions heading into 2019 season

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "There are many questions facing the Pirates before pitchers and catchers report to Bradenton, Fla., on Feb. 12. Last season, the team finished fourth in the National League Central with an 82-80 record. The sportsbook at Caesars Palace set the Pirates’ over/under for wins in 2019 at 78.5..." January 14

  • Pirates Claim RHP Aaron Slegers Off Waivers

    Bucs Dugout "The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed right-handed pitcher Aaron Slegers off waivers from the Minnesota TwinsFriday afternoon. Slegers, 26, has made eight major league appearances and five starts over the last two seasons, recording a 5.90 ERA over 29 innings..." January 11

  • Pirates Avoid Arbitration With Dickerson/Kela

    Bucs Dugout "The Pittsburgh Pirates have settled both of their pending arbitration cases without having to go before the arbitration panel. Robert Murray of The Athletic has reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates have settled with both of their remaining arbitration-eligible..." January 11

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11

  • Predicting the Next 10 MLB Superstars to Top $200M Megadeals

    Bleacher Report "With the new year upon us and spring training around the corner, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain on the free-agent market. Both will eventually sign, and the consensus is they will land megadeals in excess of $200 million. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden,..." January 10

  • Improved pitching in the offing for Pirates?

    Bucs Dugout "This seemed worth more than a comment, so I’m posting a thread about it. FanGraphs had a promising comment about Jameson Taillon. It came in an article about the ten biggest swinging strike rate gainers of 2018, a list on which Taillon placed tenth: Jameson..." January 09

  • MLB Payroll Spending Declined by $18 Million in 2018; 1st Decrease Since 2010

    Bleacher Report "With close attention being paid to the number of free agents still unsigned, Major League Baseball teams did something last season that hasn't happened since 2010.  Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), the $4,227,041,948 combined payroll for all 30 teams in 2018..." January 09

  • Why 2021 is the next big MLB free-agent class

    CBS Sports "If general managers of baseball teams still used paper calendars and magic markers, they would have circled those calendars years ago, drooling with anticipation for this winter. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are multi-tool superstars in their mid-20s, making them the kind..." January 09

  • Banister back with Pirates as special assistant

    DK Pittsburgh Sports "Few men have invested more of their baseball lives with the Pirates than Jeff Banister, and now he's back for more. The team announced Sunday the hiring of Banister as one of Neal Huntington's special assistants, this after spending the past four seasons as the manager of the..." January 06

  • Pirates hire David Eckstein as special assistant

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates announced today that they’ve hired former World Series MVP David Eckstein as a special assistant in their baseball operations department. Earlier this off-season, they hired Eckstein’s older brother, Rick, to serve as their hitting coach. “David Eckstein..." January 06

  • Pirates sign lefty Tyler Lyons to minors deal

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates have signed left-handed reliever Tyler Lyons to a minor league contract. Lyons has spent parts of the last six seasons in the majors, all with St. Louis. He served as a swing man during parts of 2013-15, but has pitched strictly in relief since then. He put up solid..." January 02

  • Who Will Lead the 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates?

    Bucs Dugout "In an era when analytics can take a lot of the guesswork out of a baseball club, how important is it for a club like the Pittsburgh Pirates to have a clear cut sense of leadership? The full link is down below, but the lead premise of Fangraphs’ David Laurilla’s..." December 31

  • Pirates pitcher gets mistaken for Bryce Harper, tells waiter he's signing with Yankees

    Yahoo! Sports "Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams had a tough decision to make Thursday night. After a waiter mistook Williams for Bryce Harper, Williams could either admit he was a different baseball player, or go along with the lie. Williams chose the latter. Because of that, there’s..." December 28

  • Bryce Harper non-pursuit highlights Pirates' meek free-agent, playoff history

    USA Today "Bryce Harper, a National League MVP at 23, is a free agent at 26, peddling his services in an industry that’s grown to nearly $11 billion in annual revenues. His combination of skills, age and marketing cachet make him an excellent fit for any major league franchise. Even the..." December 18

  • Pirates Interested In Troy Tulowitzki

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates are among the teams with interest in free-agent infielder Troy Tulowitzki, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (subscription required). Tulowitzki was released by the Blue Jays earlier this month. Pittsburgh skipper Clint Hurdle is quite familiar with Tulo..." December 17

  • Pirates Sign Jordan Lyles

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have added some depth to their rotation mix, announcing on Monday that they’ve signed right-hander Jordan Lyles to a one-year contract. The Ballengee Group client will reportedly receive a guaranteed $2.05MM salary. “We are pleased to add Jordan Lyles..." December 17

  • Phillies, Yankees interested in signing Andrew Miller

    Larry Brown Sports "Andrew Miller is one of the top relievers available on the free agent market this winter, and big market teams are looking to add him. The Philadelphia Phillies, who have made it clear that they are going to spend big this offseason, have been linked to Miller for several weeks. Jim..." December 14

  • Tigers sign SS Jordy Mercer to one-year deal, per report

    Bless You Boys "It was just Tuesday evening when Al Avila promised that the Detroit Tigers would sign a shortstop — much to the relief of manager Ron Gardenhire — and on Wednesday afternoon they delivered. The Tigers have signed former Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop, first..." December 12

  • Pirates reportedly close to signing RHP Jordan Lyles

    Bucs Dugout "As per Joel Sherman, the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to signing RHP Jordan Lyles. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been active today, and the club is not done yet. " December 11

  • White Sox acquire right-hander Ivan Nova: report

    Chicago Sun-Times "After an uneventful opening day of the winter meetings at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the White Sox added a pitcher to their rotation through a trade with the Pirates. The White Sox on Tuesday acquired right-hand pitcher Ivan Nova from the Pirates, a source confirmed. The trade, first..." December 11

  • Giants have been in contact with Josh Harrison, per report

    McCovey Chronicles "Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have been in contact with Josh Harrison. Harrison is available because the Pirates declined his $10 million option, and they did that because (A) the Pirates don’t like to spend and (B) he wasn’t very good last year. In 374..." December 07

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates May Have Already Been Lapped

    Bucs Dugout "With the Washington Nationals signing Patrick Corbin, the 2019 NL East has a great chance to resemble the 2015 NL Central. This is bad news for the 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates. The Nationals surprised everyone yesterday and landed the big fish on the free agent..." December 05

  • MLB, commissioner Rob Manfred gaining support to limit defensive shifts, report says

    CBS Sports "Changes to the way teams line up -- and are allowed to line up -- defensively could be coming to Major League Baseball. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has received "strong" backing from baseball's competition committee to try to "put something in place" to limit..." December 05

  • Report: Catchers Russell Martin, Francisco Cervelli available in trades

    Larry Brown Sports "The market for available catchers this offseason could be even more saturated. In addition to all the available free agents, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reports that the Toronto Blue Jays are willing to trade Russell Martin, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are open to dealing Francisco..." November 29

  • Pirates Designate Alex McRae For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced that they’ve designated right-hander Alex McRae for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall, whose previously reported one-year deal has now been formally announced. McRae, 25, made his MLB debut with..." November 27

  • Pirates pitcher Chris Archer has hernia surgery

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitcher Chris Archer had surgery Tuesday to repair a bilateral hernia that will require six weeks of recovery time, meaning two Pirates starters will enter spring training coming off surgical procedures. The Pirates shut Archer down at the end of the season because of what they called..." November 27

  • Pirates sign Cleveland Indians free agent Lonnie Chisenhall to 1-year deal

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "On Monday two of the Indians 12 free agents agreed to terms with other teams. First, Josh Donaldson signed a one-year $23 million deal with Atlanta. Then Lonnie Chisenhall reportedly signed a one-year $2.75 million deal with the Pirates. Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic was the..." November 27

  • Pirates send Tanner Anderson to Oakland

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates have sent right-hander Tanner Anderson and his Bronson Arroyo-like leg kick to Oakland. The return hasn’t been reported yet, but it’s unlikely to be more than a lower level lottery ticket, or cash. " November 21

  • Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay lead newcomers on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has released its ballot for 2019. The newcomers to the ballot, two of whom I presume will be first-ballot inductees, include Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay Todd Helton Andy Pettitte Mariano..." November 19

  • MLB partners with DAZN to create live look-in show for baseball fans

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and DAZN, the fast-growing global live and on-demand sports streaming service, have finalized plans to create a weeknight show for baseball fans to follow game-by-game action in real time beginning in the 2019 season.  The yet-to-be-named program,..." November 16

  • MLBPA thinks all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration

    Hardball Talk "There’s something interesting deep in Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column. It’s about arbitration, with Rosenthal reporting that the players union believes that all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration this winter. If..." November 16

  • MLB, Fox Sports Reach Reported $5.1 Billion Rights Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced today that it has reached a new seven-year, multiplatform agreement with FOX Sports spanning the 2022-28 seasons. Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports (via Twitter) that the contract’s rough value is a staggering $5.1 billion — a..." November 15

  • Rob Manfred to get a five-year contract extension today

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings are going on down in Atlanta this week. Unlike a lot of gatherings of baseball dignitaries, we tend not to get much news out of them, however. We know the owners do things like light cigars with $100 bills and, I dunno, play games of chess on human-sized chess boards with..." November 15

  • Cleveland Indians trade Erik Gonzalez, others to Pittsburgh Pirates for Jordan Luplow, Max Moroff

    WKYC "The Cleveland Indians have made their first trade of the offseason. On Wednesday afternoon, the Indians and Pirates agreed to a deal that sent infielder Erik Gonzalez and right-handed pitchers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza to Pittsburgh in exchange for outfielder Jordan Luplow and..." November 14

  • Will Jung Ho Kang be Enough to Jump-start the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Lineup?

    Bucs Dugout "Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have officially welcomed Jung Ho Kang back for 2019, what does that mean for the rest of the offseason? The Pittsburgh Pirates, like every single other team in MLB, have a shopping list in place as they hit the..." November 13

  • MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred..." November 09

  • Pirates Re-Sign Jung Ho Kang

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced that they’ve signed third baseman Jung Ho Kang to a one-year, Major League contract for the 2019 season. Kang, who is now repped by Wasserman, returned to the Pirates organization in 2018 after missing the 2017 campaign and much of the 2018 campaign due to..." November 08

  • MLB reportedly working on ways to discourage sign stealing

    Larry Brown Sports "Paranoia about sign stealing was more rampant than ever during the MLB playoffs this year, and the league is trying to find ways to cut down on that heading into 2019. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to implement rules and..." November 07

  • MLB's Hyped $1 Billion Free-Agent Class Actually Isn't That Good

    Bleacher Report "The free-agent market this winter includes the National League's Most Valuable Player—from 2015. And the American League's MVP—also from 2015. And the AL Cy Young winner. And two others who finished in the top five in MVP voting in their respective..." November 07

  • MLB considering moving trade deadline back

    Sportsnaut "One of the interesting possibilities coming out of the GM meetings is not a potential deal, but a big change to the MLB trade deadline. MLB is considering moving the non-waiver deadline back from its traditional July 31 date. In the process, the waiver deadline of August 31 would be..." November 06

  • Hall of Fame announces the “Today’ Game” era ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot. Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. It’s now done with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the..." November 05

  • Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

    Yahoo! Sports "Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious..." November 05

  • GMs to consider eliminating trade waivers

    Hardball Talk "The General Manager Meetings are taking place in San Diego this week. We don’t often get a lot of general news from those. Heck, at the moment two teams — the Giants and the Orioles — don’t even have general managers. The best way to think of the GM Meetings is to think..." November 05

  • Red Sox, Braves top Gold Gloves; Nolan Arenado continues streak

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Boston Red Sox, just a week after winning the World Series, had the most players in the American League named as Rawlings Gold Glove winners, with right..." November 05

  • Pirates hire Rick Eckstein as hitting coach

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Rick Eckstein, who was hired Friday as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ new hitting coach, brings with him teaching experience on a variety of levels. Eckstein, 45, has tutored hitters in the major and minor leagues and college. He spent the past two seasons as the Minnesota Twins’..." November 03

  • Pirates Sign Patrick Kivlehan To Minor-League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "According to a report from John Dreker of PiratesProspects.com, the Bucs have opted to add outfielder Patrick Kivlehan to the organization by way of a minors pact. The 28-year-old, then, latches on with his fourth MLB organization in the past calendar year (and seventh in his..." November 01

  • Ryan Lavarnway outrighted, elects free agency

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates have outrighted catcher Ryan Lavarnway off the 40-man roster and he’s elected free agency. November 01

  • Pirates To Decline Option Over Josh Harrison, Jung Ho Kang

    Pittsburgh's Action News 4 "The Pirates have declined options on infielders Josh Harrison and Jung Ho Kang for the 2019 season, the team announced Wednesday. Harrison will be paid a $1 million buyout, according to The Athletic reporter Ken Rosenthal. Harrison and Kang will now be free agents who can..." October 31