Pirates Rumors & News

  • Pirates' Kang apologizes for fleeing scene of DUI accident

    Yonhap News Agency "South Korean major league player Kang Jung-ho was arrested after a crash that occurred under the influence of alcohol Friday, Seoul police said. According to Gangnam Police Station in southern Seoul, Kang was booked for fleeing the scene after crashing into a guardrail on his way to his hotel..." December 02

  • Pirates 'extremely disappointed' in Jung Ho Kang after DUI arrest in Korea

    CBS Sports "According to multiple reports, Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang has been arrested in his native South Korea for DUI and fleeing the scene. Per Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Kang was released after being charged. Further details: Following Kang's arrest, Pirates president Frank..." December 02

  • Report: Jung Ho Kang Charged With Fleeing Scene Of DUI Crash

    Deadspin "According to reports from Yonhap News’ Jeeho Yoo and Korean outlet Naver, Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang has been charged with leaving the scene of a DUI crash in Seoul. It’s Friday in South Korea, and Kang was reportedly arrested at 2:48 a.m. local time with a blood alcohol level of 0.084..." December 01

  • Nats, Bucs Accelerating Talks On Andrew McCutchen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals and Pirates have “ramped up” their negotiations on a possible deal involving star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports. There are indications that the Nats would like to wrap up an agreement today; it seems the club may well non-tender shortstop Danny..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • Four teams to keep an eye on at the 2017 Winter Meetings

    Yardbarker "On Wednesday night, the baseball world got good news when the league's owners and the players union came to an agreement regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The new CBA will be in place for the next five years and while both sides made concessions that people are moaning about, the most..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • Pirates increase efforts to trade Andrew McCutchen

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates are actively shopping center fielder Andrew McCutchen, according to multiple sources, and the likelihood of a trade is increasing as the winter meetings approach. The front office has started pursuing specific teams in an effort to work out a trade for young talent. McCutchen, 30,..." December 01

  • Braves Sign Sean Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "After acting quickly to add some stable innings to their rotation early this offseason, the Braves have bolstered their bench by signing infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez to a two-year deal, the team announced on Wednesday (confirming last week’s reports of his signing). Rodriguez will..." November 30

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Why trading McCutchen is a real possibility for the Pirates

    Fox Sports "Of all the big names available in trade, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen might be the most likely to go. The Pirates continue to explore deals involving McCutchen, major-league sources say. McCutchen, 30, is coming off his worst offensive season and a below-average one defensively,..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Can the Pirates find a trade partner for Josh Harrison?

    Fox Sports "One rival general manager described the Pirates on Thursday as a club that “generally” listens to trade offers for players under long-term control. Center fielder Andrew McCutchen falls into that category. So does second baseman Josh Harrison. The Pirates tried to re-sign free-agent..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Mariners asked Pirates about McCutchen

    Hardball Talk "MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners inquired with the Pirates about outfielder Andrew McCutchen earlier this offseason, but talks didn’t advance any further. McCutchen, 30, is coming off an uncharacteristically mediocre season. The five-time All-Star hit .256/.336/.430 with 24..." November 21

  • Blue Jays showing interest in Sean Rodriguez

    Sportsnet "The versatile and hard-hitting Sean Rodriguez is emerging as a possible fit for the Toronto Blue Jays. Much like Steve Pearce, another free agent the Blue Jays have looked into, Rodriguez is a right-handed hitter who can serve as a complement to Justin Smoak at first base and in the outfield. " November 18

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Clint Hurdle implies team is gauging interest in Andrew McCutchen

    Larry Brown Sports "The Pittsburgh Pirates are giving more hints that Andrew McCutchen’s time with the franchise could be coming to a close. Manager Clint Hurdle admitted Wednesday that the club had to do their due diligence on listening to potential offers for players who have a year or two left on their..." November 17

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Five potential MLB trades that make too much sense

    Sportsnaut "The 2016-17 season has already yielded a few MLB trades, but there are more to be made. Which ones make the most sense for all teams involved? Where should All-Star pitchers like Sonny Gray and Chris Sale wind up? Can the Red Sox find a home for Pablo Sandoval? How can the champs improve? Would..." November 14

  • Agent: Nova has offers in 3-year, $36-million range

    Hardball Talk "According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Pirates’ starter Ivan Nova is in line for a three-year, $36 million offer similar to the one J.A. Happ took with the Blue Jays prior to the 2016 season. Nova’s agent, Greg Genske, confirmed that they’d been receiving offers in that range, though he didn’t name any..." November 14

  • Free-agent pitcher Holland expresses interest in joining Pirates

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Free-agent pitcher Derek Holland wants to become the Pirates' latest reclamation project. “I'd say the Pirates are on our short list,” Holland's agent, Michael Martini, said on Saturday. Martini said the Pirates have not made a formal offer to Holland, an eight-year veteran who's made 158..." November 12

  • From All-Star to adieu: Why Pirates would trade Andrew McCutchen

    ESPN "One of the most intriguing subplots this offseason is whether the Pittsburgh Pirates will trade five-time All-Star and 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen. It’s rare for a team to trade a player who has won an MVP award for that franchise, but not unprecedented. In recent years, for example,..." November 10

  • The Pirates are reportedly considering shaking up their outfield depth chart

    CBS Sports "On Tuesday night, Pirates left fielder Starling Marte won his second Gold Glove Award. It was a well-deserved piece of hardware for an elite-level defender. As it turns out, that Gold Glove Award might be Marte's last in left field -- not because he's in decline, but because he could be moving..." November 10

  • Pirates discussed huge Andrew McCutchen trade at deadline

    Fox Sports "Closer Mark Melancon was not the only star player the Pirates and Nationals discussed at the non-waiver deadline. The teams also talked about a separate blockbuster involving Pirates center-fielder Andrew McCutchen, according to major-league sources. The Nationals ultimately acquired..." November 10

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • Pirates set to gauge thin line of free-agent pitching arms

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "So much of the summer focused not on what the Pirates did, but on what they did not accomplish last offseason — retain free agent J.A. Happ. Pitching, which had been a strength of the Pirates' 2013-15 teams, took a dramatic step back in 2016 as the starting staff ranked 22nd in baseball in ERA..." November 09

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Pirates add Joey Cora, Tom Prince, and Kimera Bartee to 2017 coaching staff

    Hardball Talk "The Pirates rounded out their 2017 coaching staff on Saturday with the additions of third-base and infield coach Joey Cora, bench coach Tom Prince, and first-base coach Kimera Bartee, per a team announcement. Cora managed the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where he guided..." October 30

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Pirates promote Joey Cora to third base coach

    Hardball Talk "After managing the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate to a 76-64 record this past season, the organization has promoted Joey Cora to third base coach for the major league club, Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror reports. The Pirates fired previous third base coach Rick Sofield over the weekend. Cora,..." October 25

  • Pirates fire 3rd-base coach Sofield, reassign 1st-base coach Leyva

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates put a greater emphasis on their running game this past season, but it produced sub-par results. Baserunning gaffes were one reason the team failed to earn a postseason berth for the first time in four years. On Saturday, third-base coach Rick Sofield and first-base coach Nick Leyva..." October 23

  • Jaso could add another mitt to his collection

    MLB.com "Once again, John Jaso may spend his offseason learning a new position. After the Pirates' season finale in St. Louis, manager Clint Hurdle mentioned an intriguing possibility that sheds light on Jaso's role in 2017. Pittsburgh would like Jaso to work out over the winter at third base and in the..." October 16

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Injury-prone season could have long-term effect on Cole contract extension talks

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "This past season got off to a sour start for Gerrit Cole before the Pirates right-hander even pitched in his first game. An offseason rib injury set Cole back almost two weeks at the start of spring training. As he worked his way back, Cole got into a public spat with management over his..." October 09

  • Pirates have another promising crop of prospects in waiting

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "At the end of every minor league season, Pirates farm director Larry Broadway evaluates success through several lenses. He looks collectively and individually, noting whether players finish the season playing their best baseball and whether they improved over the season. Broadway's goal is..." October 07

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06