Pirates Rumors & News

  • Pirates are “essentially committed” to Pedro Alvarez as their starting first baseman

    Hardball Talk "Pittsburgh designated for assignment this season’s starting first baseman, Ike Davis, and general manager Neal Huntington told Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that the Pirates “have essentially committed” to Pedro Alvarez as their new first baseman. Alvarez was previously the Pirates’..." November 21

  • Pirates Designate Ike Davis, Ramon Cabrera

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have designated first baseman Ike Davis and catcher Ramon Cabrera for assignment, the club announced. Davis came over to Pittsburgh from the Mets after New York finally gave up on a player who was once thought to be a franchise cornerstone. Things started out well in his new home,..." November 20

  • Pirates sign A.J. Burnett to one-year, $8.5 million deal

    Hardball Talk "Last offseason A.J. Burnett left the Pirates for the Phillies, but after a rough season in Philadelphia he’s going back to Pittsburgh. Burnett has signed a one-year deal with the Pirates worth $8.5 million, which is significantly less than the $12.75 million player option he declined to leave..." November 15

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Burnett had surgery to repair his hernia Oct. 3. He expects to be ready to go when spring training starts.

  • Big-monied Dodgers eye Martin, loom as threat to Cubs, Pirates, Jays

    CBSSports.com "The Dodgers are looking into bringing back top free agent catcher Russell Martin, league sources said, and they certainly have the spending power to become a formidable obstacle to the Cubs or incumbent Pirates. The Jays are a fourth team reportedly in the mix for Martin. Martin is in an..." November 14

  • Joe Torre: Skippers no longer can use stall tactics for MLB replays

    New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13

  • Ike Davis faces murky future as odd man out in Pittsburgh

    New York Post "Ike Davis is going to be looking for a job soon. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington did not definitively say Davis would not receive a contract before Dec. 2 – the date by which all unsigned players on the 40-man roster must be tendered. But put two and two together. He said the strong..." November 13

  • Pirates Acquire Francisco Cervelli For Justin Wilson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports on Twitter. Lefty Justin Wilson is heading back to New York in the deal, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets. Cervelli’s arrival in Pittsburgh could be protection against losing free..." November 12

  • Russell Martin, eyed by Cubs, Dodgers, Bucs and others, to decline one-year bid

    CBSSports.com "Russell Martin, extremely popular on the free-agent market after his big year, will officially reject the Pirates qualifying offer for 2015 by Monday's deadline -- no surprise considering word is, he has already got four-year possibilities and might even get five. The one-year qualifying offer,..." November 10

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Liriano still deciding whether to accept #Pirates ' qualifying offer, considering "several options."

  • Pirates claim infielder Jake Elmore off waivers from the Reds

    Hardball Talk "The Pirates have claimed infielder Jake Elmore off waivers from the Reds, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports. Elmore, 27, spent the first four months of the season with the Athletics at Triple-A Sacramento, where he batted .282/.374/.365. The Reds claimed him off waivers in early..." November 08

  • MLB Gold Glove awards 2014

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05

  • Cubs, already a big free-agent player, are targeting Russell Martin

    CBSSports.com "The Cubs, already the leader in free agency after landing marquee manager Joe Maddon for a $25-million, five-year deal, are going to target top free agent catcher Russell Martin, sources connected to the team said. The Cubs, expected to be a big player in the market with hopes of contending as..." November 04

  • Pirates begin work on FA; Could raise payoll to $90M

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Believe it or not, the Pirates have tasks on their free-agency to-do list aside from trying to re-sign catcher Russell Martin. Open season began at 12:01 a.m. today, the first day free agents can negotiate and sign with teams other than their previous club. Four former Pirates — left-hander..." November 04

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    Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates

    The #Pirates have extended one-year qualifying offers to catcher @russellmartin55 and LHP Francisco Liriano.

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    Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates

    The #Pirates have acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the #Indians in a deal for cash considerations.

  • MLB will try to implement a policy on domestic violence

    Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23

  • Former Pirates GM Dave Littlefield to join the Tigers to replace Mike Russell

    Hardball Talk "Earlier today, it was announced that top scout Mike Russell left the Tigers to join the Diamondbacks as a special assistant to the senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson. The Tigers have already filled the vacancy, bringing aboard former Pirates GM Dave Littlefield,..." October 19

  • Ike Davis could be headed elsewhere this winter

    Hardball Talk "Ike Davis was traded from the Mets to the Pirates in April, but he could soon be on the move again. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has the story: It won’t be as high-profile as last winter, but former Met Ike Davis could be once again looking for another team this offseason. Davis..." October 19

  • Pirates will implement 9 percent price increase for 2015 tickets

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The home opener always is the hottest ticket of the season for the Pirates. Next year, it also will be the most expensive. The Pirates will hike the cost of season-ticket plans by an average of 9.1 percent next season. The team also set a special, higher price level for their April 14, 2015..." October 16

  • Pirates plan to give C Russell Martin $15.3 million qualifying offer

    CBSSports.com "The Pirates plan to extend the $15.3 million qualifying offer to star free-agent catcher Russell Martin, league sources said. The Pirates made a multiyear offer to Martin sometime during the season, as was reported here, and are apparently serious in their efforts to try to retain Martin. The..." October 16

  • Bucs made Martin offer he could refuse; now he's coveted free agent

    CBSSports.com "The Pirates made a late attempt to re-sign star catcher Russell Martin with an offer sometime during this season, but Martin is well-positioned for a monster payday after his terrific performance and there's no indication the sides are anywhere near close. The Pirates are said to have met on..." October 10

  • Pirates face mound of decisions in offseason

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "By the end of the 2014 season, the Pirates had six starting pitchers with more than 100 innings pitched. Four are under contract for next season. The other two are left-hander Francisco Liriano, who didn't have nearly the season he did in 2013 but was better down the stretch, and Edinson..." October 09

  • Pirates GM Huntington believes his coaching staff will return intact

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has a lot of decisions to make during the offseason, but one thing he won't have to do — unless someone leaves — is interview candidates for the 2015 coaching staff. From manager Clint Hurdle, who underwent successful hip replacement surgery Monday, to..." October 08

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Wasn't announced with Guilmet signing, but per MLB transactions page, #Pirates designated Jose Tabata for assignment: http://t.co/BUcU5CKYLG

  • Giants pound Pirates in wild-card game, advance to face Nationals in NLDS

    San Jose Mercury News "The chants were deafening and in unison. "Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die!" With one swing of Brandon Crawford's bat, 40,000 voices gave way to one. "Come on, Eddie!" a frustrated fan behind the plate screamed at pitcher Edinson Volquez. Crawford became the first shortstop in MLB history to hit..." October 02

  • MLB To Test Pace-Of-Game Initiatives In AFL

    Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01

  • Cueto gets 20th win in Reds season finale victory over Pirates

    Red Reporter "The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Ladies and gentlemen, Johnny Cueto. The Reds' ace put an exclamation point on his stellar 2014 season by earning his twentieth win. He pitched eight innings, giving up one run and striking out seven. On the season, he has racked up 242..." September 29

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Stewart leaves game. Cueto's bat hit him on left hand/wrist. Tony Sanchez enters.

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #Pirates Ike Davis left game due to flu-like symptoms, team says.

  • Santiago hits walk-off grand slam for Reds win over Pirates

    Cincinnati Enquirer "In the end, it may have just been avoiding their 87 loss of the season, but the Reds — and especially Ramon Santiago — didn't see it that way. Santiago gave the Reds a 10-6 victory in 10 innings over the Pirates, who were still hoping to win the National League Central, with a walk-off grand..." September 28

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    Nick Groke @nickgroke

    Justin Morneau not in lineup for #Rockies finale. If my math is right, he has NL batting title locked vs Harrison: https://t.co/uC9PnpN6gw

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Davis back, feeling better after being ill yesterday. Martin (hamstring) out.

  • Pirates take advantage of Reds misplay, gain crucial victory

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Nearly a year after Johnny Cueto dropped the ball, Jay Bruce simply missed it. One reason the Cincinnati Reds are not playing meaningful baseball this fall is the poor performance of Bruce this season. Thought as of a core player for the Reds, Bruce has suffered through a dreadful season..." September 27

  • Hernia surgery remains option for Morton

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates and Charlie Morton are considering surgery as an option to repair the sports hernia that ended Morton’s season, manager Clint Hurdle said Thursday. The Pirates placed Morton on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday night. “I just think it was at the point that after continuing..." September 27

  • Charlie Morton may need hernia surgery

    Hardball Talk "Charlie Morton missed a big chunk of the season with a sports hernia, was activated a couple of weeks ago and was shut right back down after he continued to feel pain. Now surgery may be in his future, reports Bill Brink." September 26

  • Pirates stomp Braves to move within 1 game of 1st

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With the start of the postseason less than a week away, there's bound to be debate about which pitcher should start the Pirates' opening game. Francisco Liriano was the Opening Day starter and has sizzled over the past month. Gerrit Cole is a beast and already has big-game experience. Either..." September 26

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    Pittsburgh Pirates @Pirates

    Russell Martin left tonight's game with tightness in his left hamstring.

  • Pirates defeat Braves to clinch NL playoff spot for 2nd consecutive season

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Twenty-two years later, the spot where Sid Bream slid across home plate at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium is a parking lot. The physical evidence of one of the lowest points in Pirates history is gone. The Pirates washed away any haunting memories Tuesday with a champagne shower at Turner Field..." September 24

  • Pirates Volquez open to re-signing with team

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Bargain-hunting general manager Neal Huntington got it right last winter when he signed right-hander Edinson Volquez to a one-year, $5 million contract. If the Pirates are interested in re-signing Volquez, who will become a free agent after this season, he said the feeling is mutual. “Why..." September 23

  • GM says Pirates will 'do everything we can to try to keep' Russell Martin

    CBSSports.com "Thanks to their comfortable 4.5-game lead in the wild-card race, the Pirates are in position to go to the postseason for the second straight year. They're only 2.5 games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central with a week remaining in the season. One of the biggest reasons why the Pirates will..." September 22

  • Neal Huntington intends to keep Russell Martin in a Pirates uniform

    Hardball Talk "Pirates catcher Russell Martin knocked in the Pirates’ only run in Sunday’s 1-0 win against the Brewers, helping them inch their way closer to punching at least a ticket to the National League Wild Card play-in game. That came after slugging a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning on..." September 22

  • Matt Garza: if you think I was trying to hit McCutchen, “you’re just an idiot”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The way things have gone for the Milwaukee Brewers, even when they win a game they have to survive controversy. With the bullpen doing yeoman duty after starter Matt Garza was ejected in the fifth inning for hitting Pittsburgh star Andrew McCutchen a second time with a pitch, the Brewers..." September 22

  • Russell Martin bombs Brewers, Pirates win on 8th inning homer, 4-2

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Russell Martin propped himself up on the dugout railing, helmet held aloft as the sellout crowd of 37,974 at PNC Park roared. Gone were the concerns of the previous seven innings — a looming defeat against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team in immediate pursuit of the Pirates; a good start from Jeff..." September 20

  • Vance Worley to start on Sunday against Brewers

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates announced that Charlie Morton experienced "increased discomfort" in the latter innings of his last start and again during his bullpen session. He is scheduled to have a follow up exam next week and then a decision will be made how to proceed." September 19

  • Pirates hit 3 HRs in rout of Red Sox

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Excitement over the Pirates' 81st victory of the season? That is so 2013. Last year, there was a lot of buzz when the Pirates got win No. 81 and secured their first nonlosing season since 1992. On Wednesday, there was barely a ripple when the Pirates reached that mark again by drubbing the..." September 18

  • Morton, Pirates blank Red Sox in series opener

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After spending the past month on the disabled list with a sports hernia that's still giving him trouble, Charlie Morton tossed five scoreless innings Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. Could the Pirates right-hander have expected any more? “Yeah,” Morton said. “I could've thrown nine..." September 17

  • Rare triple play sparks Pirates' comeback victory over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Shoddy defense cost the Pirates two runs Sunday and created the stunning possibility of a second straight loss against the woeful Chicago Cubs. So it was at once absurd and sublime that the game turned on a triple play. “You could feel the momentum change,” said third baseman Josh Harrison,..." September 15

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    Tom Singer @Tom_Singer

    Morton will start for #pirates on Tuesday, v #redsox; Worley re-routed to bullpen. #MLB

  • Saturday's recap: Cubs 6, Pirates 4

    Chicago Tribune "Javier Baez and Matt Szczur homered and Felix Doubront pitched six shutout innings as the Cubs snapped a seven-game losing streak. Doubront allowed four hits over his six innings, reducing his earned-run average to 1.50 in three starts for Cubs. Baez homered for the second straight game,..." September 14

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