PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Inbox: Who will solidify middle of order?

Who will be the Pirates star at the plate, besides Andrew McCutchen and Josh Bell? Beat reporter Adam Berry addresses this and more in the latest Inbox.
Via Pirates.com
23 hours ago

The defensive consistency of David Freese

While one season skews his numbers a bit, across his career David Freese has been a reliable third baseman. David Freese is not a player we heard a lot about last year. He went about the game rather quietly, without fireworks or high-leverage mistakes. I think that’s why few people have noticed how stable his defense has become, and how solid it’s always been. While defensive...
Via Beyond The Box Score
23 hours ago

2017 ZiPS Projections – Pittsburgh Pirates

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The most boring camp ever?

We are 26 days away from what might be the most boring spring training camp in recent Pirates history. You want drama? You want position battles? You want lots of starting jobs and rotation spots up in the air? Don’t look to Bradenton, Fla. This morning, I decided to come up with the probable 25-man roster for the April 3 season opener against the Red Sox. It required a lot less...
Via Bucco Blog
4 days ago

Young pitchers happy to keep 'mentor' Nova

The Pirates brought back Ivan Nova last month, signing him to a three-year, $26 million deal. The reunion bolstered Pittsburgh's young pitching staff, providing a mid-rotation starter capable of carrying innings with quality starts. But Nova also brings a degree of experience and leadership his fellow pitchers came to greatly appreciate down the stretch last season.
Via Pirates.com
10 days ago

Staff ace Cole, shortstop Mercer agree to deals with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates reached one-year deals with ace Gerrit Cole and shortstop Jordy Mercer on Friday but will head to arbitration with closer Tony Watson. Cole will make $3.75 million this season, a significant bump over the $541,000 he earned in 2016. The former No. 1 pick went 7-10 with a 3.88 ERA in 2016 and struggled to stay healthy. He will be called on...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Mercer avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year deal

The Pirates avoided arbitration with shortstop Jordy Mercer before Friday's 1 p.m. ET deadline to exchange figures, a source confirmed to MLB.com, as both sides agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.325 million. The Bucs have not confirmed.
Via Pirates.com
10 days ago

Daniel Hudson Starts Anew in Pittsburgh

About one month ago, Daniel Hudson was given his fresh start. After spending the majority of the past seven seasons in Arizona, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed him to a two-year deal totaling $11 million. For what it’s worth, Hudson will make more in 2017 ($5.5 million) than he’s accumulated throughout his eight-year career (roughly $5 million). Of course, it wasn’t always supposed...
Via The Sports Post
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jared Hughes, Drew Hutchison avoid arbitration with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Right-handers Jared Hughes and Drew Hutchison agreed to one-year contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates and avoided salary arbitration. Hughes gets $2,825,000 under Thursday's deal, up from $2,175,000 last year. Hutchison receives $2.3 million, a raise of $100,000. The reliable Hughes has been a stabilizing force in the middle of the bullpen, where he often works...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 21 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates and Their Continuing Search for Velocity

On May 12, 2015, Pirates relief pitcher Arquimedes Caminero reached 103 mph in the ninth inning against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, according to Brooks Baseball. The pitch was the fastest thrown by a Pirates pitcher in the PITCHf/x era. Four days later at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Gerrit Cole hit 101.8 mph. The pitch was thrown with the greatest velocity by a pitcher drafted...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Nova can boost pay $2 million annually with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ivan Nova can earn an additional $2 million annually in performance bonuses as part of his new contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, which would raise his total to $32 million over three years if he makes 32 starts or pitches 200 innings in each season. As part of the $26 million, three-year deal announced Dec. 27, the right-hander gets a $2 million signing bonus...
Via Associated Press
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays reportedly have interest in Andrew McCutchen

Could Andrew McCutchen still be on the move? While the Pittsburgh Pirates have publicly sought to cool the trade rumors surrounding the outfielder, some teams are reportedly still interested in trading for McCutchen, including the Toronto Blue Jays. GM Neal Huntington recently said it was likely #Pirates would keep McCutchen. But #BlueJays are among several clubs with interest...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen admits trade rumors left him ‘on edge’

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been the subject of trade rumors for weeks, and he admitted that it does impact him. McCutchen described the feeling as being “on edge” when speaking at Saturday’s PirateFest. “I’d be lying to you if I told you none of this bothered me,” McCutchen said, via ESPN. “Of course it did. I’m human. “My dream is to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Marlins may target Neftali Feliz

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 Kenley Jansen. As the #Marlins await decision from Jansen, Neftali Feliz is another...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Kang's DUI arrest was 'third strike' in Korea

Bad news continues to follow Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang. Following a car accident, he was arrested for DUI in his native South Korea. Video of that accident, which you can see here, later surfaced. As it happens, this is not the first time Kang has been arrested for a DUI. In fact, it is reportedly his third such arrest. Report from Korea: #Pirates Jung-Ho Kang...
Via Sportsnaut
December 05, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Video of Pirates Jung Ho Kang car crash that led to arrest

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang was arrested earlier this week after leaving the scene of an accident in which he was deemed to have been driving under the influence of alcohol. He’s in some bit of trouble over the incident, his second off-field issue this year. Thankfully nobody was hurt badly in the crash (more on that here). Now we have some video that shows how...
Via Sportsnaut
December 03, 2016  |  Discuss

The Pirates prepare for rarely chartered waters in dealing Andrew McCutchen

Twenty-four months ago, it would have been an absurd idea to think that the Pirates could be considering trading the cornerstone of their resurgent operation. Twelve months ago, it would have been little more than a whisper of a possibility. However, as December 2016 sets in, it appears more and more likely that Andrew McCutchen will not see the new year as a member of the Pittsburgh...
Via Yardbarker
December 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang arrested for DUI in South Korea

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang is in trouble with the law in his native South Korea. According to a report, he’s been charged with leaving the scene of a DUI accident. Breaking: #Pirates 3B Jung Ho Kang charged with leaving the scene of a DUI accident in Seoul on Friday, Dec. 2. — Jeeho Yoo (@Jeeho_1) December 1, 2016 His blood alcohol level was barely over the...
Via Sportsnaut
December 01, 2016  |  Discuss
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