Pirates Rumors & News

  • Jaso could add another mitt to his collection

    MLB.com "Once again, John Jaso may spend his offseason learning a new position. After the Pirates' season finale in St. Louis, manager Clint Hurdle mentioned an intriguing possibility that sheds light on Jaso's role in 2017. Pittsburgh would like Jaso to work out over the winter at third base and in the..." October 16

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Injury-prone season could have long-term effect on Cole contract extension talks

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "This past season got off to a sour start for Gerrit Cole before the Pirates right-hander even pitched in his first game. An offseason rib injury set Cole back almost two weeks at the start of spring training. As he worked his way back, Cole got into a public spat with management over his..." October 09

  • Pirates have another promising crop of prospects in waiting

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "At the end of every minor league season, Pirates farm director Larry Broadway evaluates success through several lenses. He looks collectively and individually, noting whether players finish the season playing their best baseball and whether they improved over the season. Broadway's goal is..." October 07

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Pirates Acquire Brady Dragmire From Blue Jays, Designate Phil Coke

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced that they’ve acquired right-hander Brady Dragmire from the Blue Jays in exchange for cash. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, lefty Phil Coke has been designated for assignment. Toronto designated Dragmire for assignment last week to add to its roster in the wake..." October 05

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Cardinals beat Pirates but lose out on postseason

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- For the first time in his five years as St. Louis Cardinals manager, Mike Matheny won the season's last game. However, the 10-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at Busch Stadium ultimately meant nothing, because St. Louis was eliminated from National League playoff..." October 02

  • Pirates' trade of McCutchen seems likely

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "A small cluster of scouts sat in the cafeteria at Miller Park, cracking jokes as they picked at a pregame meal of meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Eventually, as usually happens, they started talking shop. The Pirates were in town to play the Milwaukee Brewers, so the conversation quickly..." October 02

  • Cards blank Bucs to stay in hunt

    The Sports Xchange "By Bucky Dent, The Sports Xchange ST. LOUIS -- If it was Matt Holliday's last at-bat with the St. Louis Cardinals, he sure picked a fine way to go out. Informed after being activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday that it was unlikely that the team would pick up his club..." October 01

  • Gyorko's 30th HR lifts Cardinals past Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- The story about a man named Jedd, a Mountaineer keeping the St. Louis Cardinals alive in the National League wild-card picture, keeps growing. Second baseman Jedd Gyorko's 30th homer of the year with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday snapped a tie and lifted..." October 01

  • Pirates' Starling Marte: Will not return this season

    CBS Sports "Marte (back) has been ruled out for the Cardinals series this weekend, which has effectively ended his season, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports." September 30

  • Cubs-Pirates game ends in rare tie

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs' record is the best in the majors, and now, it is unique as well. 101 wins. 57 losses. And one tie. The Cubs and Pittsburgh were tied 1-1 in the top of the sixth when a hard rain washed out the rest of the Pirates' final home game of the season Thursday..." September 29

  • Cubs keep rolling, beat Pirates for 101st win

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs have heard all about 1908 for what literally has been more than a century. On this night, though, the team with the majors' best record heard about 1910. Chris Coghlan gave still-streaking Chicago an early lead with a three-run triple in the second inning, and..." September 28

  • Jaso's cycle powers Pirates past Cubs, Arrieta

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates once couldn't have hit for the cycle against Jake Arrieta in a week's worth of starts against him. John Jaso did it in a single night. Jaso became the first player to hit for the cycle in PNC Park, driving in five runs with a three-run homer, triple,..." September 28

  • The Blue Jays and Pirates will reportedly play games in Montreal next spring

    Fox Sports "Montreal may no longer have an MLB team to call its own, but the city continues to serve as host for preseason baseball in the spring. According to the Montreal Gazette, the Toronto Blue Jays will return to Montreal to play a pair of spring training games next year. The Jays will reportedly..." September 28

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Cubs overpower Pirates for 100th win

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The milestones and achievements keep piling up, but there is only one pot of gold the Chicago Cubs are chasing -- a World Series title. Picking up their 100th win of the season Monday, a first since 1935 for the franchise, was just another bright spot. "I think it's..." September 26

  • Harper hurt, Werth homers as Nationals outslug Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- It was a wild game, for sure, even though Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker called it "not a very good game." That would have been the full scope of it if not for an injury to star Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, ill feelings and a benches-clearing incident in the..." September 25

  • Pirates Hope To Re-Sign Sean Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "It didn’t take much last winter for the Pirates to re-sign utilityman Sean Rodriguez, who inked a one-year, $2.5MM contract after a poor season. Considering Rodriguez has drastically improved his output this year, Pittsburgh won’t be able to bring him back during the offseason at such a low cost,..." September 25

  • Stallings' RBI single in 11th lifts Pirates past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Even with expanded rosters in September, Pittsburgh third-string catcher Jacob Stallings knew he could get into Friday's game as it stretched into the 11th inning. "I kind of did the math in my head. Bases loaded, two outs was the only way I was going to come up that inning,"..." September 24

  • Polanco exits after face-first slam into outfield wall

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Gregory Polanco left three batters into the Pirates’ game against the Washington Nationals Friday night after he smacked his face against the wall in left-center field at PNC Park while chasing down Bryce Harper’s first-inning double. Polanco, a right fielder filling in for the injured Starling..." September 24

  • Anderson, Brewers defeat Pirates to avoid sweep

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Chase Anderson's first season in Milwaukee hasn't always been smooth sailing, but he's certainly finishing on a high note. Anderson struck out six while allowing one run, four hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings as the Milwaukee Brewers avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory over the..." September 23

  • Pirates' Starling Marte: Exits with back tightness

    CBS Sports "Marte was removed from Thursday's game against the Brewers due to back tightness." September 23

  • Pirates discussing long-term deal with Nova

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates have made two contract offers to right-hander Ivan Nova, who will reach free agency after this season, according to sources. Nova, 29, joined the Pirates in a trade with the New York Yankees at the non-waiver deadline in exchange for two players to be named later — minor league..." September 23

  • McCutchen, Rodriguez power Pirates over Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Andrew McCutchen is playing some of his best baseball of the season and it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Pittsburgh Pirates are, too. McCutchen came through again Wednesday night, belting a first-inning home run and finishing with two hits to extend his hitting streak to..." September 22

  • Resurgent McCutchen could be playing his way out of Pittsburgh

    Today's Knuckleball "The question has been being asked for months now: Is Andrew McCutchen having a sub-par season or has he entered the decline phase of his career? The Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder is hitting .255 with 24 home runs, 76 RBIs and a .769 OPS in 142 games. While certainly not an awful season,..." September 22

  • Phil Coke: Dealt to Pirates

    CBS Sports "Coke was traded to the Pirates on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations. Coke has appeared in three games for the Yankees on the year but has spent the bulk of the season at Triple-A, where he holds a 3.04 ERA and 1.29 ERA across 74 innings. The plan is for Coke to join the Pirates in..." September 22

  • Pirates bang out 13 hits in win over Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- The odds are against them at the moment, but the Pittsburgh Pirates aren't giving up hope of a miraculous September run to the post-season. They took a step in that direction Tuesday night, pounding out 13 hits in a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park...." September 21

  • Pirates non-committal on Vogelsong's next start

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "General manager Neal Huntington did not commit one way or the other Sunday on whether Ryan Vogelsong would remain in the starting rotation. He did acknowledge this: “It certainly is a valid question, as to who gives us the best chance to win the next time or two times from now when his rotation..." September 19

  • Votto, Barnhart lead Reds over Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- When the announcement was made in the press box that Joey Votto had collected four hits in Sunday's game, the reaction was a collective shrug. Votto did for the 21st time what many major league hitters wish to do once. "Who does this with this type consistency?" Cincinnati..." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • Mercer's single in 10th lifts Pirates over Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- It's all hands on deck for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are trying to keep their postseason hopes alive. "I like what I'm seeing out there," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "They continue to play. They are looking to finish games. They want to finish strong." On Friday..." September 17

  • Cervelli seeks power, speed as he revamps offseason workouts

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Francisco Cervelli plans to ramp up his offseason workout routine this year. “I'm going to train like an MMA fighter,” Cervelli said with a laugh. Cervelli won't be stepping into the octagon while he spends the winter in Tampa, Fla., but he does want to add many of the traits — strength,..." September 17

  • Pirates pull off doubleheader sweep of Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- After playing seven hours of baseball on Saturday, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was asked what pleased him the most about sweeping a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds. His answer was all encompassing. "Nothing pleased me the most, a bunch of things pleased me,"..." September 17

  • Pirates belt five homers, bury Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- With the Pittsburgh Pirates in the midst of a season-altering skid, Andrew McCutchen was glad he and his teammates could still show what they can do. The Pirates crushed five home runs and put up an eight-run rally in the ninth inning Thursday in a 15-2 win over the..." September 15

  • Heyman: Top 30 free agents and early contract guesses

    Today's Knuckleball "Edwin Encarnacion rolled the dice, declining to counter the Toronto Blue Jays’ mild overtures in spring, and he’s hit a grand slam. Encarnacion moves way up the free-agent list (he’s No. 2 on our list, and actually No. 1 among players who are unfettered free agents: technically, Yoenis Cespedes..." September 15

  • Phillies add to Pirates' late-season struggles

    The Sports Xchange "By Stephen Pianovich, The Sports Xchange PHILADELPHIA -- Freddy Galvis' power stroke continued Wednesday night, as did the Pittsburgh Pirates' late-season struggles. Galvis homered for the third time in four games, and the Philadelphia Phillies had 15 hits in a 6-2 victory at Citizens..." September 14

  • MLB releases 2017 schedule

    MLB.com "After a fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic in March, the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season will arrive with three games on the first Sunday (April 2), 13 more Opening Day games on that Monday, and a calendar that includes the debut of a brand-new ballpark in Atlanta and the..." September 14

  • Umpire runs into Pirates second baseman in bizarre play, manager gets ejected

    USA Today "A bizarre play during Tuesday's Pirates-Phillies game saw an umpire crash into a player, resulting in a livid manager and the go-ahead run scoring. Trying to complete an inning-ending double play off a grounder by Philadelphia's Ryan Howard, Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer paused his throw to..." September 14

  • Rodriguez homer in ninth lifts Pirates over Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Clint Hurdle was aware of the number because, he said, it gets brought up periodically. But after being ejected in the sixth inning Tuesday night, he saw the number brought up again on the television inside the clubhouse. It had been 140 games since Hurdle's Pittsburgh..." September 13

  • Mariners trade left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to the Pirates

    Seattle Times "The Mariners made a small trade on Tuesday afternoon, sending left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Mariners considered re-adding LeBlanc to the 40-man roster and bringing him back to the active roster when Class..." September 13

  • Pirates Shut Down Gerrit Cole For Remainder Of Year

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have shut down star right-hander Gerrit Cole for the rest of the season, as Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first suggested on Twitter. It does not seem as if there is any concern about a significant injury, with the team likely deciding that it isn’t worth continuing..." September 13

  • MLB's most disappointing players of 2016

    Fox Sports "Between hefty free-agent contracts and big trades made this past offseason, a number of players went into the 2016 season with huge expectations. And of course, not everyone lived up to those expecations. In fact, some players fell flat on their faces in the first year with their new teams...." September 13

  • Pirates Activate Gerrit Cole

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have activated righty Gerrit Cole to take the ball tonight, per a team announcement. That certainly represents the best case scenario for the staff ace, who hit the shelf about two weeks ago. Unfortunately, the tide has turned quite a bit in the mean time. Pittsburgh sat just a half..." September 12

  • Hellickson spoils Cole's return as Phils top Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- This time of year, with another losing season wasting away, all the Philadelphia Phillies can do is play spoiler. On Monday night, they helped push the Pittsburgh Pirates further away from playoff contention. Jeremy Hellickson took care of the Pirates on the mound to..." September 12

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