Pirates Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Milwaukee signs relief pitcher Neftali Feliz to 1-year contract

    Wisconsin State Journal "The Milwaukee Brewers have signed right-handed relief pitcher Neftali Feliz to a one-year contract, according to Yahoo! Sports reporter Jeff Passan. Feliz, 28, spent the 2016 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, posting a 4-2 record with a 3.52 earned-run average in 53 2/3 innings pitched. He..." January 19

  • Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds are on Hall of Fame trajectory

    New York Post "Getting Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens their deserved day in Cooperstown is similar to how Jerry described breaking up in an episode of “Seinfeld”: “[It’s] like knocking over a Coke machine. You can’t do it one push. You’ve got to rock it back and forth a few times and then it goes..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • White Sox, Cory Luebke Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Cory Luebke, reports Matt Eddy of Baseball America (on Twitter). Eddy also notes that the Sox have a minors deal with catcher Carson Blair and have re-signed fleet-footed outfielder Jason Bourgeois. The 31-year-old Luebke has..." January 17

  • Pirates' Bell credits yoga for improved flexibility, weight loss

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After the 2015 season, Josh Bell searched for ways to smooth his transition from outfield to first base. Pirates special instructor Kevin Young suggested yoga. Bell, whose fast rise to the big leagues was predicated by his power bat, had other plans. “I was like, ‘No, I'm going to get big!'..." January 15

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Teams Still in Pursuit of Andrew McCutchen

    Fox Sports "In 2016, Andrew McCutchen had his worst season by far as a big leaguer. An offseason full of rumors continues to swirl with teams still attempting to trade for the 30-year-old Pirates’ outfielder. But will any team make an offer the Pirates can’t refuse? According to Boston Globe reporter Nick..." January 09

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