Pirates Rumors & News

  • Jung-Ho Kang not granted a visa to enter the United States

    Hardball Talk "This could be a problem for the Pirates. Ballwriter Sung Min Kim tweets that, according to a Korean report, which you can read here if you know Korean, Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang has been denied a visa to enter the United States. The report just broke this morning and has yet to hit the..." March 24

  • Jung Ho Kang won't be ready for opening day, Pirates GM says

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Asked about whether it is reasonable to rule out Jung Ho Kang for opening day, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said, “We’re pretty much there.” This is no surprise. Not only has Kang missed the entirety of spring training thus far, more than a month of work, but he is still waiting for..." March 23

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Neal Huntington: Pirates' Jung Ho Kang still waiting on U.S. visa

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jung Ho Kang remains in a holding pattern. Kang is in South Korea waiting to obtain his United States visa and be cleared for travel to Bradenton, where Pirates’ spring training has been in full swing for more than a month. Earlier this month, Kang, 29, received a suspended prison sentence..." March 19

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Pirates place Jung Ho Kang on the restricted list, and here's what it means

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The probability third baseman Jung Ho Kang will play for the Pirates on opening day continues to plummet. On Friday, a week after receiving a suspended sentence for his third DUI in South Korea, Kang was officially placed on the major league restricted list. Pirates president Frank Coonelly..." March 11

  • Braves, Pirates have made offers to Pagan

    Larry Brown Sports "Veteran outfielder Angel Pagan still remains unsigned for the 2017 season, but it’s not due to a lack of interest. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Friday that the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates are among many teams to make offers to Pagan. However, Pagan still has yet to find an..." March 10

  • Andrew McCutchen's vow after Pirates dangle him: 'I'm going to have monster year'

    USA Today "Andrew McCutchen tries to pretend it’s really no big deal, but it is. He tries to act as if it doesn’t bother him, but it attacks his pride. McCutchen, playing Thursday in Team USA’s last exhibition game before the World Baseball Classic, might be only 89 miles away from the Pittsburgh..." March 10

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Josh Harrison to join Team USA for WBC

    CBS Pittsburgh "Another Pittsburgh Pirate is joining Team USA for the World Baseball Classic. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Josh Harrison will be replacing Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals because Carpenter has a tightness in his lower back. Outfielder Andrew McCutchen is also playing..." March 04

  • Pirates 3B Jung Ho Kang Receives Eight-Month Suspended Prison Sentence In DUI Case

    Deadspin "Last month, Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang admitted to driving under the influence in a December incident in which he ran a rental car into a guardrail, then fled the scene. Kang received his sentence today from Seoul Central District Court, which handed down an eight-month sentence. The..." March 02

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • Pirates tab Cole as Opening Day starter

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Gerrit Cole will start opening day for the Pirates against the Red Sox in Boston April 3, manager Clint Hurdle announced today. Jameson Taillon will start the second game of the series, and the Pirates have not determined who will start the third. Ivan Nova will start the April 7 home opener..." February 25

  • Jung-Ho Kang: “I deeply regret what I have done”

    Hardball Talk "Pirates third baseman Jung-Ho Kang was in court in South Korea today to face DUI charges. He admitted to them in court and threw himself on the mercy of public opinion afterward, speaking to Yonhap News: “I deeply regret what I have done. If I can get one last chance, I will become an exemplary..." February 22

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Braves’ Rodriguez: ‘Grateful and blessed’ that family survived wreck

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "As his wife and their two young sons lay on the ground, Giselle in agony from multiple broken bones and one son’s face covered in blood, Braves newcomer Sean Rodriguez wasn’t thinking about baseball or his own health. That was just over three weeks ago, Jan. 28, a day that Rodriguez will never..." February 20

  • GM: Making McCutchen a Pirate for life requires 'financial common ground'

    ESPN "Andrew McCutchen's general manager, Neal Huntington, says "there was more smoke than fire" pouring out of those McCutchen trade rumors this winter. And you don't have to be a fire chief in Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh to think, well, he ought to know. But that would probably come as a surprise..." February 19

  • Pirates' Harrison ready if team needs him as utilityman

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "If Jung Ho Kang's legal woes keep him away from the Pirates for a significant stretch of time, Josh Harrison is willing to resume his role as a super-utility player. As spring training camp enters its sixth day Sunday, Kang remained in South Korea awaiting his Feb. 22 trial on drunk-driving..." February 19

  • Andrew McCutchen: ‘I’m a Pirate. I don’t want to be anything else’

    Sportsnaut "Andrew McCutchen is relieved that the flurry of trade rumors surrounding him this offseason never came to pass. In a Players’ Tribune article on Friday, McCutchen wrote “All I knew was that I wanted to keep playing in Pittsburgh,” adding “I’m a Pirate. I don’t want to be anything else.” The..." February 17

  • Andrew McCutchen says he wasn't asked about moving to right field

    ESPN "During his eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Andrew McCutchen thought he'd be the one to decide if he needed to move out of center field. But a few weeks ago, when the time arrived to make that move, he learned something shocking: He didn't have a vote. When the Pirates abruptly..." February 17

  • Bell recovering well from left knee surgery

    MLB.com "The first week of Spring Training, the Pirates' list of injury updates is short. It's just one name, in fact: Josh Bell. Bell, two weeks removed from left knee surgery, is making progress in his return to the field. Pittsburgh's first baseman has been throwing, taking "dry" swings and..." February 16

  • Tony Watson loses arbitration hearing against Pirates

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Closer Tony Watson lost his salary arbitration hearing against the Pirates, a three-person arbitration panel ruled this morning. He will make $5.6 million next season, his final season before he reaches free agency, rather than the $6 million his representatives sought. Watson was excused from..." February 16

  • Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez to miss the entire 2017 season

    Hardball Talk "A tough, tough break for Sean Rodriguez and for the team which just signed him a couple of months ago. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Rodriguez underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder on Tuesday. The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, will put him on the shelf..." February 16

  • Reds claim Lisalverto Bonilla off waivers from the Pirates

    Hardball Talk "The Reds claimed pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla off waivers from the Pirates, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Monday afternoon. Bonilla, 26, was designated for assignment by the Pirates last Thursday to clear a roster spot for pitcher Pat Light. The Pirates had signed him to a..." February 14

  • Pirates' Jung Ho Kang to miss start of Spring Training because of DUI trial

    CBS Sports "The Pirates on Tuesday announced that infielder Jung Ho Kang is likely to report late to Spring Training because of his upcoming trial in Korea. Here's the statement of team president Frank Coonelly in full: We have been staying in close contact with Jung Ho, his representatives and his counsel..." February 14

  • Braves' Rodriguez could miss 2017 season due to shoulder surgery

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "As pleased as the Braves were to trade for second baseman Brandon Phillips and pay such a relatively small price for the former All-Star, they felt awful about the reason they needed to make the move: to replace injured Sean Rodriguez. They had llooked forward to big things from Rodriguez..." February 13

  • Pirates still willing to trade McCutchen, Harrison

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday, more than three dozen Pirates pitchers and catchers will assemble on Field 1 at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla. After some “activation” stretching and loss toss, they'll break into groups for the first workout of spring training camp. Sixty-four players,..." February 12

  • Braves' Sean Rodriguez: Set to undergo shoulder surgery

    CBS Sports "Rodriguez will have shoulder surgery next week due to injuries suffered during an automobile accident, according to a source, Ken Rosenthal of FOX reports. He is expected to miss between three and five months. Initial reports of the accident indicated Rodriguez was not hurt, but apparently..." February 12

  • Kang expected to miss start of spring training to attend DUI trial

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates expect Jung Ho Kang to keep his court date next week in South Korea, which means the third baseman will not be with the team for at least the first week or two of spring training camp. On Dec. 2, Kang was charged with driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of a DUI..." February 11

  • Pirates acquire Pat Light from the Twins

    Hardball Talk "The Pirates announced on Thursday that the club acquired pitcher Pat Light from the Twins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Pirates designated pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla for assignment to create roster space. Light, 25, was designated for assignment by the..." February 10

  • D-Backs trade Gosselin to Pirates

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks announced that they’ve traded recently designated infielder Phil Gosselin to the Pirates in exchange for minor league righty Frank Duncan. Right-hander Nefi Ogando has been designated for assignment in order to open a spot on the roster, the Pirates announced. (Gosselin was..." February 10

  • Trial date set for Pirates' Kang

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A Central District Court in South Korea set a Feb. 22 trial date for Jung Ho Kang to deal with the DUI charges against him, according to a report late Wednesday night from the Yonhap News Agency. The Pirates’ first official workout for position players is Feb. 17 in Bradenton, Fla. Kang must..." February 09

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Pirates announce McCutchen will move to RF

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Andrew McCutchen will move to right field in 2017, the Pirates announced today, as Starling Marte replaces him in center field. Gregory Polanco will move to left field, meaning all three outfielders will play new positions. "We believe this alignment will maximize our outfield production,”..." February 05

  • Kang agrees to attend treatment program after 3rd DUI

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jung Ho Kang has agreed to participate in the treatment program recommended to him by the joint panel that evaluated him after his most recent drunk driving arrest, according to his agent, Alan Nero. The most recent collective bargaining agreement, which expired in December, mandated an..." February 05

  • Pirates' Marte confirms move to CF in 2017

    MLB Trade Rumors "It appears there will be a changing of the guard in the Pirates’ outfield this year. After spending most of his first four-plus seasons in left field, Starling Marte will shift to center in 2017, he told MLB Dominicana (Twitter link; h/t Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). If that happens,..." February 05

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Pirates' Josh Bell uncertain for Opening Day after undergoing knee surgery

    CBS Sports "The Pirates on Wednesday announced that rookie first baseman Josh Bell will miss the next two to four weeks after undergoing left knee surgery. Bell underwent the procedure to remove a loose body that was causing him pain during his offseason workouts. The release also says that Bell's status for..." February 02

  • Wife of Sean Rodriguez shares updates after car crash

    Larry Brown Sports "Giselle Rodriguez, the wife of Atlanta Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez, shared some updates on Twitter Monday about the family’s status following a frightening car crash they were involved in on Saturday. The Rodriguez family was driving in their SUV on Saturday afternoon in Miami when they..." January 31

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