Pirates Rumors & News

  • J.A. Happ, free-agent pitcher, signs 3-year, $36M deal with Blue Jays

    CBC Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays have added more depth to their starting rotation, signing left-hander J.A. Happ on Friday to a three-year contract worth $36 million US. Happ spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Blue Jays from 2012 to 2014, where he recorded a 19-20 record and 4.39 earned-run average in..." November 28

  • Highlighting the major issues that could hang over the next labor deal

    ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26

  • Pirates Acquire Allen Webster From Diamondbacks

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks announced that they’ve traded right-hander Allen Webster to the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations. " November 25

  • Pirates sign free agent 1B-OF Goebbert

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates signed free agent Jake Goebbert on Wednesday as a depth option at first base and the outfield. Goebbert, 28, spent all of last season with El Paso, the San Diego Padres' Triple-A affiliate. He hit .294 with an .844 OPS and 10 home runs in 122 games." November 25

  • Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

    The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25

  • Pirates' Pedro Alvarez may seek a trade this winter

    CBS Sports "Pedro Alvarez, seeking a change of scenery, has told folks he believes this is the right time for a trade. And the Pirates probably would agree if they can find the right trade partner. The Pirates are said to be shopping Alvarez, Neil Walker and, as was reported by CBS Sports, Mark Melancon...." November 25

  • Look for second-tier pitcher to sign before Price, Greinke

    Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Sources: Pirates have been shopping 2B Neil Walker, who could make $10M+ in arbitration this year. Have talked with Baltimore and others.

  • Pirates fire head groundskeeper at PNC Park

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates recently fired Manny Lopez, the head groundskeeper at PNC Park who had been with the organization for 22 years. Before becoming director of field operations at PNC Park, Lopez was the top groundskeeper at the Pirates City training complex and McKechnie Field in Bradenton,..." November 20

  • MLB moving toward a “Chase Utley Rule” for slides into second

    Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20

  • Orioles have held trade discussions with Pirates for Neil Walker

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles have been engaged in trade talks this offseason with the Pittsburgh Pirates regarding second baseman Neil Walker, according to an industry source. Talks between the clubs were described as “off and on,” but the Orioles have discussed Walker as recently as last week during the..." November 19

  • MLB minimum salary set to remain $507,500 in 2016

    True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18

  • Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim plans on signing with MLB team

    Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13

  • Top hitters honored with Silver Slugger Awards

    MLB.com "The best hitters in the American League and the National League were commemorated for their 2015 campaigns on Thursday, as the Silver Slugger Awards were announced during an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Awards, presented by Louisville Slugger, are handed out annually to..." November 13

  • Pirates GM Huntington declines comment on trade report

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates general manager Neal Huntington on Wednesday declined to comment on a published report that a lopsided trade last month was enacted as compensation after the Miami Marlins hired a former Pirates executive. On Oct. 24, the Pirates sent rookie-level reliever Richard Mitchell to the..." November 12

  • MLB assessing legality of daily fantasy sites

    Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12

  • Royals interested in reunion with Joakim Soria

    Hardball Talk "Joakim Soria served as the Royals’ primary closer from 2007-2011, tallying 160 saves alongside a 2.40 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 9.7 K/9. Now a free agent, there’s talk of the right-handed reliever returning to Kansas City. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are interested in a reunion..." November 12

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #RedSox have expressed interest in free-agent reliever Joakim Soria. Not a big surprise: Dave Dombrowski traded for him in Detroit.

  • Lopsided trade between Pirates, Marlins was compensation deal

    ESPN "The Pirates and Marlins quietly worked out a seemingly uneven trade last month that was arranged because Pittsburgh demanded compensation in exchange for allowing highly regarded special assistant Jim Benedict to take a job with Miami, multiple sources told ESPN.com. The deal, which was..." November 11

  • Defensive standouts nab Gold Glove Awards

    MLB.com "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11

  • Superstars among finalists for BBWAA honors

    MLB.com "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11

  • 2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network

    MLB.com "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10

  • MLB considering rule change to prevent takeout slides

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Japanese 3B-2B Nobu Matsuda, 32, has declared for free agency with hopes of MLB deal. Hit 35 HR for softbank.

  • The Tigers are going to meet with Joakim Soria’s agent

    Hardball Talk "Tony Paul of the Detroit News reports that the Tigers are expected to meet with the representatives for free agent Joakim Soria at this week’s GM Meetings. Soria was a Tiger for 2014 and the first half of 2015 before being dealt to the Pirates. Overall last season he posted a 2.53 ERA, 1.09..." November 09

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    Oakland Athletics @Athletics

    #Athletics claim OF Andrew Lambo off waivers from Pittsburgh

  • Pirates GM: 'We see some opportunities in free agency'

    MLB.com "The Pirates began the offseason with at least one hole in their rotation. Fortunately for the Bucs, it's a good year to be on the hunt for starting pitching. Top-of-the-rotation starters like David Price, Zack Greinke and Johnny Cueto will keep the Hot Stove rumor mill churning all offseason,..." November 07

  • Aramis Ramirez announces retirement

    The Score "Aramis Ramirez, the Dominican native who quietly assembled one of the finest resumes ever by a third baseman, announced his retirement Thursday after 18 years in the major leagues. Ramirez, 37, confirmed his retirement plans on Grandes en los Deportes, a sports talk show on ESPN Dominican Radio." November 05

  • Pirates decline option on reliever Liz

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates on Thursday declined their 2016 contract option on pitcher Radhames Liz, which made the right-hander a free agent. Liz, 32, made $1 million this past season. " November 05

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    Baseball Tonight @BBTN

    Aramis Ramirez tells ESPN Dominican Radio that he retired from baseball after 18 years in MLB. pic.twitter.com/xh7ZmdU9tZ

  • Source: Tigers, Joakim Soria to discuss possible reunion

    Detroit News "Tigers new closer, same as the old closer? The Tigers and free agent Joakim Soria have at least some mutual interest in a reunion, a source familiar with the club's thinking told The Detroit News. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because they're not authorized to discuss the..." November 03

  • 2015-16 MLB Offseason: 10 trade and free agent predictions

    CBS Sports "The 2015-16 offseason is officially upon us. The Royals clinched the 2015 World Series title with their win over the Mets Sunday night, and, at 9am ET Monday morning, a total of 139 players became free agents. Here's the list. As always, the 2015-16 offseason promises to be action packed, with..." November 03

  • Count on a busy time for free agents and a whole lot more this offseason

    ESPN "One of the great misnomers in baseball is the offseason -- because there is no such thing. The fall and winter will bring signings and trades and rule changes, with barely a pause for Christmas. The baseball season ended late this year, which means slightly less time to get everything done. But..." November 03

  • MLB free agent class highlighted by David Price, Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmermann

    SB Nation "The World Series is over and Major League Baseball officially shifts into the hot stove season on Monday, beginning with dozens of players hitting free agency the morning after the World Series ends. It's a loaded free agent class highlighted by ace starting pitchers and a few impact position..." November 02

  • Andrew McCutchen wins 2015 Roberto Clemente Award

    CBS Sports "Star Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has won the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award. On an annual basis, MLB teams partner with Chevrolet to give the award to a player "who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and..." October 31

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    Scott Miller @ScottMillerBbl

    Pirates 3B coach Rick Sofield is emerging as the favorite to land the #Padres manager job.

  • Kang's success with Pirates means higher fees for next KBO stars

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "ung Ho Kang did not require an interpreter when asked about Byung-ho Park in early September. “Big power,” Kang said to a reporter, emphasizing the point by separating his hands in opposite directions. Kang and Park are friends. They were teammates with the Nexen Heroes in the Korea Baseball..." October 29

  • Reliever of the Year awards go to Melancon, Miller

    MLB.com "Mark Melancon of the Pirates and Andrew Miller of the Yankees were named respective recipients of the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year and Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Awards presented by The Hartford, as the gradual rollout of sanctioned 2015 Major League..." October 29

  • Melancon named NL's top reliever

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After leading the majors with 51 saves this season, Pirates closer Mark Melancon on Thursday won the Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award. Melancon is the first Pirates player to win the annual award, which was established in 2005 as the Delivery Man Award. Last year, the..." October 28

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    MLB @MLB

    .@a_miller48 named AL Reliever of the Year, @Mark_Melancon_ wins NL award, presented by @TheHartford. pic.twitter.com/w4F1mcv36b

  • Pirates claim right-hander off waivers from Baltimore

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates claimed right-hander Jorge Rondon off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles today, according to their official transactions page. By claiming Rondon, the Pirates and Orioles essentially swapped players. The Orioles designated Rondon for assignment when they claimed Vance Worley off..." October 27

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred defends DraftKings partnership, says fantasy sports ‘not gambling’

    New York Daily News "Rob Manfred isn't a participant in daily fantasy leagues, but Major League Baseball's commissioner reiterated his support for the industry and the league's partnership with DraftKings. "I really don't have regrets about our involvement with fantasy," Manfred said. "I think that fantasy is an..." October 27

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred wants MLB to hire more minority managers

    SI "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants the league to hire more minority managers and coaches, the Associated Press reports. “We have had a year where our numbers are down in terms of the diversity that we have in some of our key positions,” Manfred said “I think it’s incumbent upon us to come up..." October 27

  • What would Jackie Robinson say about lack of minority managers in MLB?

    Sporting News "One. Forty-three years after Jackie Robinson made what would be his last public appearance at Riverfront Stadium during the 1972 World Series, there is just one manager Latino or African-American or manager in MLB: Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez, who was born in Cuba and raised in Miami. Is this..." October 26

  • Pirates Snider, Ishikawa opt for free agency

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After a second, short stint with the Pirates, outfielder Travis Snider on Thursday opted to become a free agent. In January, the Pirates traded Snider to the Baltimore Orioles. He re-signed with the Pirates in August after the Orioles released him. Snider appeared in 18 games with the..." October 24

  • MLB considering disciplining playoff teams over on-field champagne celebrations

    Sporting News "MLB has message to teams that carry their postseason champagne celebrations onto the field to spray fans: Put a cork in it. According to ESPN, there could even be disciplinary action involved. First, there's the image of players, manager and coaches consuming alcohol on the field (never mind..." October 22

  • Rob Manfred: MLB working on new slide rule

    New York Post "Major League Baseball continues to move forward on implementing a new rule on sliding to protect middle infielders, according to commissioner Rob Manfred. Such a rule could be in place for the 2016 season, much like the catcher collision rule, but there remains bridges to cross. Chase Utley was..." October 14

  • Pirates coach Sofield interviews for Padres manager

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "A few hours after the Pirates' final regular-season game, Rick Sofield was relaxing at his home in Pittsburgh when his cell phone beeped. There was a text message from manager Clint Hurdle: “Call Neal ASAP.” As he dialed Neal Huntington, Sofield wondered what he might have done wrong that the..." October 13

  • J.A. Happ would “definitely”, “absolutely” consider returning to the Pirates

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After a strong two-month stretch with the Pirates, left-hander J.A. Happ will be a free agent for the first time this winter. He might not be on the market very long. The Pirates have indicated they will try to re-sign him. Happ wouldn't mind returning to Pittsburgh. “It's a team I would..." October 12

  • Walker, Alvarez among decisions Pirates face entering offseason earlier than planned

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Standing in the on-deck circle Wednesday night in the ninth inning of the National League wild-card game, Neil Walker’s mind wandered slightly. Asked if he thought about possibly playing his final game as a Pirates player, Walker said, “I’d be lying if I told you no.” “There’s no telling,”..." October 09

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