Pirates Rumors & News

  • 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

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    Hurdle on Alvarez at 1B everyday/vs. LHP: "We're going to find out. It's going to be Pedro's job to keep."

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Source w/direct knowledge: RHP Edinson Volquez is looking for a two-year, $20 million deal after going 13-7, 3.04 in 192.2 IP for #Pirates.

  • Pirates Acquire Antonio Bastardo

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have acquired southpaw reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Phillies, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports. Robert Murray was the first to report the deal, with FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirming that the two sides were close to an agreement (Twitter link). Philadelphia will receive minor..." December 10

  • MLB sees record $9 billion in revenues for 2014

    Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10

  • Pirates have had early discussions on Walker extension

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates have had recent, introductory discussions with Neil Walker’s camp about a multi-year extension, according to a source. The discussions were preliminary in nature and nothing is considered close at this time. Walker, 29, is in his third year of arbitration, and he has one more..." December 10

  • Pirates re-sign Liriano to 3-year, $39M contract

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With the largest free agent signing in franchise history, the Pirates on Tuesday brought back left-hander Francisco Liriano on a three-year, $39 million contract. League sources confirmed the agreement, which is pending a physical. “We are cautiously optimistic and continue to work through..." December 10

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    Robert Murray @RobertMurrayMLB

    Source: Francisco Liriano to the #Pirates on a three-year, $39 million deal.

  • Clint Barmes gets $1.5 million from Padres, plus 2016 option

    Hardball Talk "Clint Barmes‘ deal with the Padres is now official: He’ll get $1.5 million in 2015 and the Padres will have an option for 2016 that begins at $2 million and can rise based on incentives reached. Barmes has long been one of MLB’s best defensive shortstops, although counting on that continuing at..." December 05

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    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #Pirates tender all arby-eligible players except Gaby Sanchez (no trade takers) & drop Chaz Roe from 40-man (voila, a spot for Radhames Liz)

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    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    A source tells me the #Athletics have acquired Ike Davis from the #Pirates for international slot money. It's strictly a move for depth.

  • 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."

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