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  1. 2016 Offseason Discussion
  • 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

  • Pirates, Mercer have preliminary talks about contract extension

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates and shortstop Jordy Mercer had preliminary discussions about a contract extension, but no deal seems imminent, a source told the Tribune-Review. According to the source there was “a little, but not a lot of talk” about a multi-year contract. Mercer, 30, is in his second of three..." January 09

  • Pirates' Kang likely to be recommended for rehab after latest DUI

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang, who is facing drunk driving charges after an incident last month in South Korea, is awaiting the outcome of his initial evaluation by MLB's Treatment Board. It seems likely the board will recommend that Kang, who has been charged with driving under the..." January 05

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Facing indictment, Pirates’ infielder is dropped from team

    Korea JoongAng Daily "Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kang Jung-ho, facing indictment over charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, was dropped from the national team for this year’s World Baseball Classic (WBC) on Wednesday. Manager Kim In-sik made the decision after meeting with his coaches at the Korea..." January 04

  • At long last, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens on Cooperstown path

    USA Today "It won’t happen this year. Maybe not next year, either. But it’s finally happening. For the first time since their names first appeared on the ballot in 2013, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are virtually assured of stepping onto that stage in Cooperstown, N.Y., in the next few years and..." January 03

  • Pirates' Kang likely to be cut from South Korea roster because of off-field troubles

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang will likely be cut from the South Korean national team before the World Baseball Classic due to “worsening public opinion,” manager Kim In-sik told Yonhap News Agency on Monday. Kang was arrested for a DUI and fleeing the scene of an accident in early December..." January 03

  • Pirates designate Willy Garcia for assignment

    Hardball Talk "Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Bill Brink, the Pirates cleared a roster spot for the newly re-signed Ivan Nova on Saturday, designating outfielder and top prospect Willy Garcia for assignment. Garcia, 24, was ranked 15th-best in the Pirates’ system during MLB.com’s 2016 midseason rankings." January 01

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Blue Jays interested in trading for McCutchen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have “kicked around” Andrew McCutchen’s name as they attempt to address their outfield, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports (all Twitter links). Pirates GM Neal Huntington recently said the team was likely to keep McCutchen after trade negotiations with the Nationals fell through. But,..." December 24

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Pirates Sign Ivan Nova

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have agreed to sign right-hander Ivan Nova to a three-year, $26MM deal, Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports. The deal contains a $2MM signing bonus. Nova is represented by the Legacy Agency. The deal ensures that Nova, who turns 30 on January 12, will remain with the team that..." December 22

  • How Mets should apply last season’s lessons to potential deal for Andrew McCutchen

    New York Daily News "Sometimes you have to learn to appreciate what you already have. In this season when everyone is dreaming of grand presents of video games, new clothes and jewelry, Mets fans now have high hopes of adding another All-Star outfielder to their team’s lineup. Reports that the Mets had preliminary..." December 21

  • Pirates Have “Worked Hard” To Deal For Jose Quintana

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have “worked hard” to trade for star White Sox lefty Jose Quintana, ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets. Olney notes that Quintana’s very reasonable contract — which guarantees him a very reasonable $15.85MM over the next two years, plus cheap options or $1M buyouts for 2019 and 2020 — would..." December 21

  • Pirates reportedly sign Hudson to 2-year deal

    MLB.com "The Pirates and right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson have agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The club has not confirmed. Hudson, who turns 30 in March, was 3-2 with a 5.22 ERA in 70 appearances this past season, his second full campaign since..." December 19

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Market for Ivan Nova heating up

    Fanrag Sports "Free agent right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova’s market is beginning to heat up, league sources tell FanRag Sports. Nova’s market, at least publicly, has seemed quiet. The Pittsburgh Pirates are the only team that have been mentioned as being interested in Nova, with general manager Neal Huntington..." December 16

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • Pirates Rejected Recent Offer Of Prospects For McCutchen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates recently turned down a “nice offer of prospects” — which hailed from a “mystery team” — for outfielder Andrew McCutchen, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). While details are sparse, there is an important take-away: if they Bucs are to trade their long-time star, they’ll..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • Gerrit Cole set to begin throwing program

    Hardball Talk "During the Pirates’ FanFest on Saturday, right-hander Gerrit Cole announced that he is back up to full health after being shut down with elbow inflammation in September. Per Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Cole said he’ll start a throwing program on Monday as he works on..." December 11

  • Andrew McCutchen glad to still be a Pirate, but 'bothered' by trade talk

    ESPN "Andrew McCutchen is still a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the star outfielder said the rampant trade talks did "bother" him. "I'd be lying to you if I told you none of this bothered me," McCutchen said Saturday at the team's PirateFest. "Of course it did. I'm human." Despite that..." December 11

  • Pirates president: 'It's offensive' to say we don't care about winning

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "One of the most compelling components of PirateFest each year is the “Ask Pirates Management” segment in which team president Frank Coonelly, general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle sit on a stage for an hour and field questions from fans. On Saturday, fans stepped to the mic..." December 11

  • Pirates indicate McCutchen will be on 2017 opening day roster

    Sportsnet "As reported by Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, team president Frank Coonelly said he expects McCutchen will be in the lineup when the team opens the 2017 season. “We are really excited to have Andrew with us in 2017 and, hopefully, for a long time beyond 2017,” Coonelly..." December 10

  • McCutchen to attend Pirates fan fest amid trade rumors

    MLB.com "The 27th annual PirateFest is set to begin today, and after a busy week of trade rumors, all eyes will be on Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen is among the large contingent of players and coaches scheduled to appear at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center during the two-day event. This year's..." December 10

  • Marlins may target Neftali Feliz

    Larry Brown Sports "With the pool of available free agent relievers threatening to dry up quickly, the Miami Marlins may be forced to devise a creative backup plan. According to a report by Joe Frisaro of MLB.com on Thursday, the Marlins may target former All-Star closer Neftali Feliz as they await a decision from..." December 09

  • Pirates, Nats Awkwardly Blew McCutchen Trade

    12 Up "This has not been Mike Rizzo's finest offseason. For an extended period, the Nationals were in the news for rumors that they were after star Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. And it was this close. Lucas Giolito and Dane Dunning were two of the Nationals' top pitching prospects. And..." December 08

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Dodgers reportedly showing interest in Cutch

    MLB.com "The first day of the Winter Meetings brought a new round of rumors around the Pirates and Andrew McCutchen -- and perhaps a new suitor for Pittsburgh's franchise player. The Dodgers have shown recent interest in McCutchen, MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported Monday morning. The Nationals have been..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Major leaguer Kang Jung-ho subject to 'three strikes' law after latest DUI arrest

    Yonhap News Agency "South Korean major leaguer Kang Jung-ho has struck out -- not at the plate, but in the court of South Korean law. Kang, an infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, is subject to the "three strikes" law after his latest arrest on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, Seoul police said..." December 05

  • Could Nationals Trade For Chris Sale And Andrew McCutchen?

    NESN "The Washington Nationals have a win-now roster and are looking to hit an offseason home run with the MLB Winter Meetings set to begin Monday in Maryland. The Nats have been linked in trade rumors involving Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • McCutchen, pitching at issue for Pirates at winter meetings

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates got a taste of the winter meetings spotlight last December when they traded Neil Walker to the New York Mets. This year, when baseball’s power brokers gather at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., they’ll be on center stage right out of the..." December 04

  • Nationals, Pirates Still Discussing Andrew McCutchen Scenarios

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals and Pirates re continuing to discuss “a lot of different angles” that would result in outfielder Andrew McCutchen landing in D.C., according to ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden (via Twitter). He notes that the information came from a source in the Pittsburgh organization. There had been some..." December 03

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