Pirates Rumors & News

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Sources: Phillies trade Jesse Biddle to Pirates

    Philly.com "The Phillies have traded Jesse Biddle, the Germantown Friends product and former first-round pick, to the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to two sources. Biddle, 24, had been designated for assignment Friday. The Phillies had 10 days to trade, release or waive him. It is not yet known what the..." February 03

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Royals sign outfielder Travis Snider to a minor-league deal

    Kansas City Star "The Royals added to a growing collection of corner outfield options on Saturday, signing veteran Travis Snider to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training. Snider, who turns 28 next week, is a former top prospect who batted .232 with a .313 on-base percentage and..." January 30

  • Pirates hire Block as new play-by-play man

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates on Saturday hired veteran announcer Joe Block to work alongside lead play-by-play man Greg Brown. Block, 37, called Milwaukee Brewers games for the past four seasons, sharing a booth with Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker. “My style is a little more reserved, but I'll get up..." January 30

  • Reds' Jonathan Sanchez: Signs minors deal with Reds

    CBS Sports "Sanchez signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Sanchez hasn't pitched in a major league organization since last April" January 30

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • Cervelli open to contact extension, but Pirates keeping mum

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is open to remaining in Pittsburgh beyond 2016 and is waiting for the club to begin dialogue regarding a contract extension, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Cervelli can become a free agent after the 2016 season. Cervelli took to..." January 27

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • Pirates owner would love to see McCutchen 'stay forever'

    The Score "Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting understands his club doesn't have the luxury of outspending the league's deep-pocketed teams to bring free agents to the Steel City. That's why holding on to franchise pillar Andrew McCutchen is of the utmost importance. "I'm not sure we're allowed to..." January 21

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Source: Antonio Bastardo’s Market Heating Up; Four Teams Interested

    Baseball Essential "The market for free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo is beginning to heat up, with the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets all interested, according to a league source. Bastardo’s market has been somewhat quiet this offseason, but with it heating up, he..." January 20

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Pirates finalize extension with catcher Stewart

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates on Tuesday finalized Chris Stewart's two-year extension, which guarantees the 33-year-old catcher at least $3 million. According to a source, Stewart will make $1.35 million this year and $1.4 million in 2017. There is a $1.5 million club option or $250,000 buyout for 2018. A..." January 20

  • 17d
    Robert Murray @RobertMurrayBBE

    Source: #Pirates signing Chris Stewart to a two-year deal. Has a team option for a third year.

  • Dodgers To Sign Joe Blanton

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have struck a one-year deal with righty Joe Blanton, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports on Twitter. " January 19

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • 19d
    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Chris Bosio says Trevor Cahill turned down a two-year deal to start for #Pirates in taking one-year offer to stay with #Cubs bullpen.

  • Pirates, Mark Melancon avoid arbitration

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates have announced that they've avoided arbitration with Mark Melancon. No figures are yet available, although MLBTR projected Melancon would get $10 million. The Bucs also announced all their other previously reported arbitration-avoiding deals with other players (except Chris Stewart,..." January 15

  • Source: Pirates, Jordy Mercer agree to terms on 2016 contract

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates and shortstop Jordy Mercer agreed to terms on a contract for 2016 worth $2,075,000, according to a source. By agreeing to terms, the Pirates and Mercer avoided exchanging desired salary figures at today’s 1 p.m. deadline and going to an arbitration hearing. " January 15

  • 22d
    Robert Murray @RobertMurrayBBE

    Source: #Pirates signing Chris Stewart to a two-year deal. Has a team option for a third year.

  • Outfielder Polanco 'open' to contract extension with Pirates

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After coming up short of hammering out a multi-year contract extension with the Pirates last year, outfielder Gregory Polanco is willing to try again. “I'm open to it,” Polanco said Thursday during the team's minicamp. “Whatever (offer) they bring, I'll check it out. I never say..." January 14

  • 21d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Pirates settle with Jeff Locke on one-year, $3.025M contract, avoiding arbitration.

  • Pirates release former top prospect Tony Sanchez

    Hardball Talk "Pittsburgh has released catcher Tony Sanchez after the former No. 4 overall pick was designated for assignment last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. Sanchez was once considered a top prospect and the Pirates drafted him out of Boston College in 2009 believing he’d move quickly through..." January 13

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

  • Kang at minicamp, making progress

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "As Pirates general manager Neal Huntington watched the first round of minicamp drills Monday morning at Pirate City, Jung Ho Kang snuck up from behind and surprised Huntington with a hug. Not quite four months after having surgery to repair damage to his left knee and a fractured leg, Kang is..." January 11

  • The Pirates sign Daniel Bard

    Hardball Talk "Minor league deals of fringe players are not news, but whenever the minor league deal goes to a player that used to be something — or was supposed to be something — it still makes you stop and think about it for a minute or two. On this basis Daniel Bard signings will always be something we make a..." January 11

  • 27d
    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    The #Pirates released RHP Casey Sadler on Dec. 30. He had Tommy John surgery in October, then outrighted off 40-man roster in November.

  • Looking Ahead To The 2017 Hall of Fame Class

    Baseball Essential "With the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class consisting of two very worthy members in Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the voters of the BBWAA will have another ballot to cast one year from now. Griffey Jr. received the highest percentage of the vote in history, left off only three ballots, while..." January 07

  • MLB has a billion reasons for new live-streaming deal in China

    Sporting News "MLB's international initiative has targeted all the TVs in China. That's a growth potential of more than 1 billion new fans, the result of a "wide-ranging partnership" announced Wednesday with China-based Le Sports in which major league games will be live-streamed in China for the first..." January 07

  • Pirates cut former top prospect Tony Sanchez

    Hardball Talk "In signing reliever Neftali Feliz to a one-year, $3.9 million deal the Pirates needed to clear a 40-man roster spot and they did so by designating for assignment catcher Tony Sanchez. Sanchez was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Boston College and his path to the majors was..." January 07

  • Report: Pirates agree to one-year, $3.9 million deal with Neftali Feliz

    CBS Sports "The Pirates and free agent right-hander Neftali Feliz have agreed to a one-year contract worth $3.9 million, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. The team has not confirmed the move. Feliz, 27, split last season between the Rangers and Tigers. He had a 6.38 ERA (64 ERA+) with a 1.56 WHIP..." January 06

  • Famed ex-WWE announcer Jim Ross wants to call Pirates games

    Yahoo! Sports "Imagine Andrew McCutchen smacking a homer deep into parts unknown at PNC Park and the ensuing call going something like: "Good God almighty, he broke that ball in two, BAH GAWD!" That's baseball mixed with a little bit of pro wrestling-like commentary in the style of WWE great Jim Ross. If..." January 04

  • It's 2016, and Mark Melancon is still a Pirate

    Bucs Dugout "The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo has something resembling an update on Mark Melancon: He has been available all winter in the right deal, but as time passes, it seems more and more likely that Melancon, who led the majors with 51 saves last season, will remain a Pirate. Melancon stands to make a..." January 04

  • Shift In Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Could Pave The Way For Those Clouded In PED Controversy

    Forbes.com "Since 1936, players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and it’s safe to say that in no time since has there not be controversy about players that did, or did not gain inclusion. The criteria for voting, based upon the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), is described..." January 04

  • Miller: It's time to step to the plate and vote for Bonds, Clemens for Hall of Fame

    Orange County Register "I just voted for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens for entry into the Hall of Fame, and that’s the Hall of Fame of baseball not the Hall of Fame of nasty, rotten cretins whose cheating nearly robbed a beautiful sport of its very soul. Now, before you risk a torn rotator cuff by violently shaking..." December 30

  • 44d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Pirates sign John Jaso to a two-year contract.

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