Pirates Rumors & News

  • Russell Martin says Pirates did all they could to sign him

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates’ mid-November acquisition of catcher Francisco Cervelli signaled their realization of what was rapidly coming to light: The market for Russell Martin was reaching a point at which they were not comfortable. Martin saw it another way. “I was almost relieved,” he said Tuesday. “I..." March 04

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #pirates RHP Brandon Cumpton has elbow discomfort, will see Dr. Andrews next week.

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool at Pirate City Sunday, Hurdle said. Out for a few days.

  • Tabata trying to break through again

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A heavy rain shower swept over Pirate City around noon Saturday and sent most everyone running for cover. Outfielder José Tabata stepped back into the batter’s box and motioned for one more pitch from coach Jeff Branson. Tabata turned on the inside pitch and rocketed it over the left-field..." March 01

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    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    Gorkys Hernandez, who'd been delayed by visa issues, finally expected in #Pirates camp tonight.

  • 'Jihadi John' in 'P' hat sickens Pirates

    ESPN.com "The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's "absolutely sickening" to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked front man for Islamic State hostage-beheading videos. The..." February 28

  • Corey Hart is trying to make a comeback, with the Pirates and without his speed

    Hardball Talk "Corey Hart missed all of 2013 following knee surgery and might as well have missed all of last season too, hitting just .203 with a .590 OPS in 68 games for the Mariners while looking like a shell of his former All-Star self. Hart signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Pirates this..." February 25

  • Pirates willing to consider high salary number to keep McCutchen

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "When Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton signed his $325 million contract in the offseason, it shook the financial landscape of baseball. The aftershocks will be felt in the Pirates front office when the club eventually decides whether to approach Andrew McCutchen about an..." February 25

  • Team has big plans for newcomer Kang

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Infielder Jung Ho Kang will begin his big league career as a utility player, but the Pirates do not plan on him staying in that role forever. “We believe we've brought in a player who's going to be an everyday player,” manager Clint Hurdle said Monday. “When that happens, we don't know. We..." February 23

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    alvarez will be paid $5.75M in '15, pirates had argued for $5.25M

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Heard that Pedro Alvarez is going to his arbitration hearing tomorrow. #pirates

  • Pirates have 'zero intent' to start Jung Ho Kang in minors

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said the team has "zero intent" to send infielder Jung Ho Kang to the minors to help him acclimate to baseball in the US, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "We feel we are in a good spot with him to help [Kang] adjust, to help him get up to speed and..." February 15

  • McCutchen: Baseball leaves lower-income kids behind

    Hardball Talk "When he’s not patrolling center field for the Pirates, Andrew McCutchen serves as the senior editor for Derek Jeter’s The Player’s Tribune, a media platform for professional athletes. McCutchen published a must-read article today in which he explains how baseball has increasingly left children..." February 15

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    vance worley won his case over the pirates

  • The Top 10 MLB Lineups For 2015

    Sports On Earth "When we evaluate lineups in Major League Baseball in 2015, we're grading on a curve. Last year, the Angels led the Majors in runs scored -- with just 773. That was the lowest total for a runs leader in a full season since 1992. And to put that in added perspective, in 2009, just five seasons..." February 09

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    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    #pirates win arbitration case v Neil Walker. He gets $8M, not $9 he submitted.

  • The Braves and Pirates made a tiny trade last night

    Hardball Talk "The anti-blockbuster: the Braves sent Edward Salcedo to Pittsburgh and the Pirates sendt right-hander Bryton Trepagnier to Atlanta. Salcedo is a 23-year-old utility guy who has spent more time in the infield than the outfield but has spent all of his time in the minors not hitting particularly..." February 06

  • Pirates acquire Arquimedes Caminero from Marlins

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Pirates bolstered their bullpen depth Wednesday by acquiring right-hander Arquimedes Caminero from the Miami Marlins in exchange for cash considerations. Caminero, 27, was designated for assignment last week after logging just six relief appearances with the Marlins in 2014. The..." February 04

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    Roch Kubatko @masnRoch

    The Orioles have traded INF Steve Lombardozzi to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

  • Rockies sign John Axford

    Purple Row "The Colorado Rockies have signed relief pitcher John Axford to a minor league contract, according to MLB.com's transaction page. Axford will make $2.6 million if he makes the big league roster and could net as much as $4.1 million after incentives, per Thomas Harding. Axford, 31, posted a 3.94..." February 03

  • Orioles acquire outfielder Travis Snider in trade with Pirates

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles acquired the left-handed-hitting outfielder they had been seeking all offseason, trading a minor league pitcher and a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night for Travis Snider. The Orioles have had interest in Snider since baseball's annual winter..." January 28

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Source: Travis Snider deal to Baltimore believed to be done. Class A pitcher Stephen Tarpley one of the prospects going to the Pirates.

  • Orioles working on deal with Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire Travis Snider

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles have rekindled their trade talks with the Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire outfielder Travis Snider and appear to be closing in on a deal that would send one or two minor leaguers to Pittsburgh, according to industry sources. A deal is not done, one source stressed, but it was being..." January 27

  • Pirates SS prospect Tucker making progress after thumb surgery

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Shortstop Cole Tucker, the Pirates' first-round draft pick last year, had surgery Oct. 1 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Tucker, 18, suffered the injury during a rookie league game in July. He batted .267 with a .724 OPS in 48 games in the Gulf Coast League. Tucker..." January 21

  • Pirates designate Jake Elmore for assignment

    Hardball Talk "Pittsburgh dropped Jake Elmore from the 40-man roster, designating the 28-year-old infielder for assignment. Elmore has bounced around while hitting just .221 with a .579 OPS in 87 games as a big leaguer, but he’s a career .313 hitter with a .407 on-base percentage, more walks than strikeouts,..." January 20

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    Kiley McDaniel @kileymcd

    Pedro Strop/CHC/3.0M/2.0M Tom WIlhelmsen/SEA/2.2M/1.4M Vance Worley/PIT/2.45M/2.0M I would include midpoints but you guys have calculators.

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    Mike Perchick @TheREALPerchick

    Not sure if this has been reported, but source tells me #Pirates 2B Neil Walker filed at $9 million, #Pirates countered at $8 million

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    Mike Perchick @TheREALPerchick

    #Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez filed at $5.75 million, #Pirates countered at $5.25 million

  • Pirates avoid arbitration with Chris Stewart

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates have signed Chris Stewart to a one-year, $1.225 million deal, avoiding arbitration. MLBTR projected Stewart would get $1.3 million. Stewart will back up Francisco Cervelli in 2015. Last year, he had a surprisingly strong season backing up Russell Martin, posting a .362 OBP (albeit..." January 16

  • Pirates officially sign Korean shortstop Kang

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates announced the signing of Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang on Friday, an acquisition carrying upside and the unknown along with fascinating short- and long-term consequences. Kang agreed to a four-year, $11 million deal with a $5.5 million club option for 2019, according to a..." January 16

  • Pirates starting pitcher Morton fine-tunes his delivery after surgery

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "While all the other pitchers at Pirates minicamp threw long toss on a nearby field Tuesday morning, Charlie Morton toiled in the bullpen. Morton was surrounded by curious onlookers: pitching coaches, assistants and a trainer. Small video cameras recorded the right-hander's moves from different..." January 14

  • Kang heading to Pittsburgh for physical this week

    MLB.com "The Nexen Heroes and their shortstop, Jung-ho Kang, are on their way to the United States. But most of the Korean club will stop at its Surprise, Ariz., preseason camp, while Kang will keep going to Pittsburgh for a physical that could formally make him a member of the Pirates. The Korean..." January 12

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    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    Kang has agreed to terms with Pirates 4yrs with 5th yr option at approx 16m

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    Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates

    Former Major League INF Jamey Carroll has joined the #Pirates organization as a Special Assistant to the Baseball Operations staff.

  • Kang and Pirates are close to a pact; expected to be four-year deal

    CBSSports.com "The Pirates and Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang are moving close to a deal, sources said. The sides have been talking about a four-year deal for the power-hitting infielder who had a monster year for the Nexen Heroes last year, hitting 40 home runs and batting .356 in 117 games. Both sides appear..." January 10

  • Kang's agent 'confident' deal with Pirates will happen

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Pirates have less than two weeks left to negotiate a deal with Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang, but the 27-year-old's agent said Wednesday he believes a deal will be finalized before the 30-day negotiating window expires. "At this point, I feel confident we’ll come to an..." January 08

  • Bonds needs someone to break Hall’s PED barrier

    San Francisco Chronicle "Barry Bonds has seven more tries on the Hall of Fame ballot, and don’t dismiss the possibility he’ll be elected. His candidacy will amp up the minute a suspected steroid user gets into the Hall of Fame. For now, Bonds and Roger Clemens are getting no closer to Cooperstown, thanks to their paper..." January 08

  • Gaby Sanchez signs with Japanese team

    Hardball Talk "Non-tendered last month after the Pirates acquired Sean Rodriguez to potentially replace his right-handed bat, Gaby Sanchez has signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. His move to Japan is surprising because it seemed pretty likely that Sanchez would be able to snag another part-time..." January 08

  • Barry Bonds thinks he’ll get in the Hall of Fame “in time”

    Hardball Talk "“In time” for what, I have no idea. Heat death of the universe? Probably. The birth of my great-grandchild? Not sure how much money I’d wager on that. But the Home Run King is optimistic. From Barry Bloom at MLB.com, who asked Bonds what he felt about not being elected once again: “I don’t have..." January 07

  • Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz, Biggio make Hall of Fame

    MLB.com "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06

  • Clint Hurdle to undergo second hip replacement surgery

    Hardball Talk "Pirates manager Clint Hurdle underwent surgery to replace his arthritic right hip shortly after the season ended and now Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the 57-year-old will have his left hip replaced in a second surgery Wednesday." January 06

  • The average major league salary is up to $3.8 million

    Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    pirates won bidding for kang

  • MLB, umpires reach agreement on new contract

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21

  • Pirates sign Corey Hart to 1-year, $2.5 million deal

    MLB Daily Dish "The Pirates have signed Corey Hart to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Hart can earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives to push the deal's total potential value to $5 million. Hart, 32, spent last season with the Mariners, hitting .203/.271/.319..." December 19

  • MLB releases statement on Cuban relations

    Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17

  • Pirates' Prez Coonelly apologies to Marlins over Stanton flap

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Marlins President David Samson has been in touch with Pittsburgh Pirates' counterpart Frank Coonelly since his comments about Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million contract. A former senior vice president in the Commissioner's Office, Coonelly told Trib Live Sports the Marlins weren't counting..." December 16

  • Pirates president Frank Coonelly downplays possibility of Edinson Volquez return

    Hardball Talk "Free agent starter Edinson Volquez had a nice bounce-back year with the Pirates in 2014, finishing at 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA and a 140/71 K/BB ratio in 192 2/3 innings. Pirates president Frank Coonelly doesn’t sound like he’s in a rush to bring him back. Per MLB.com’s Tom Singer, on the..." December 15

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Huntington during Q and A: Tony Sanchez will work at first base. Could be C/1B, right-handed bat off the bench.

  • Francisco Cervelli finally gets chance to start

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Early in Francisco Cervelli's career, it was Jorge Posada. After a brief interlude in 2010, it was Russell Martin. Then came Chris Stewart and, finally, Brian McCann. Someone always has stood in the way of Cervelli earning the majority of the playing time at catcher, and, if it wasn't another..." December 14