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Pittsburgh Pirates: 2016 Offseason Report Card

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America Usually, when a major-league team wins 98 games in one season, they handily win their division and often will earn home-field advantage throughout the league playoffs. Unfortunately for the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2015’s National League Central was anything but usual, and 98 wins earned the Pirates nothing but a one-night stand with the Chicago...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

In 2016 we learn how much trust the Pirates deserve

For whatever reason, the catch-phrase “Trust the Process” never quite caught on with Neal Huntington’s rebuild of the Pirates in the way that it did in Houston with Jeff Luhnow’s work or in Kansas City with Dayton Moore. For the most part, Pirate fans were skeptical of Huntington right up until the Pirates clinched their first playoff spot in 20+ years in 2013. Since then...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Five prospects crack the Top 100

The Pittsburgh Pirates have five prospects featured on MLBPipeline’s 2016 Top 100 Prospects list. First baseman Josh Bell, pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon, outfielder Austin Meadows and catcher Reese McGuire make up the Bucs representation on this year’s list. Glasnow, who was drafted by the Pirates in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft, is the highest ranked Pittsburgh...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

A Strategy For Deploying Baseball’s Best Backup Catcher

It wasn’t that long ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates were a laughingstock. They experienced two decades of losing seasons from 1993 to 2012, but getting that proverbial monkey off their backs in 2013 didn’t exactly free them from the pain baseball can inflict. In fact, the Pirates found a way to be simultaneously great and depressing. They’ve hosted three consecutive wild-card...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates bringing back yellow jerseys?

NOTE: This is not official. Not even close. But based on this Tweet from Pirates Equipment/Clubhouse Manager Scott Bonnett, it sure looks like it… Bonnett quickly deleted the tweet once people noticed and started to freak out….but you can’t erase the internet. The quick deletion leads me to believe that, yeah, we were on to something. Obviously that shot doesn’t give you...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cervelli open to extension with Pirates, wants $39 million

If Francisco Cervelli has his wish, the Pittsburgh Pirates will pay him a handsome sum to remain their catcher.According to a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Cervelli is open to the idea of remaining in Pittsburgh, and he reportedly has targeted his demands. The Tribune-Review reports that Cervelli, who will turn 30 before the beginning of the 2016 season, wants to be...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB unveils new hire and program to increase minority and female hiring

In an effort to further promote diversity, Major League Baseball has hired former Pittsburgh Pirates director of player personnel Tyrone Brooks to head up a new program designed to increase the number of female and minority candidates available for jobs in baseball ops and on the field. Prior to working for the Pirates, Brooks held positions with the Indians and Braves The league...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano and a League-Wide Trend

It’s been true for each of the last five years, that Francisco Liriano has finished each season with a higher strikeout rate than the one before it. It’s been true for each of the last four years, that Liriano has finished each season with a slower average fastball velocity than the one before it. The magnitude of these differences isn’t substantial — he’s gained a little...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The winter of blah

I’m checking in here for the first time in a few weeks…and while there have been some moves along the way, the summary of the offseason is about the same. Underwhelming. Not exciting. Some possibly shrewd under the radar moves and decent value buys, sure. And don’t get me wrong – the Pirates still project to be a good team. It’s just hard to get especially excited about...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates owner: I'd love to see Andrew McCutchen stay with us 'forever'

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen has had a tremendous influence on the Pirates and the City of Pittsburgh over the past seven years, and the Pirates want him to continue having an impact on the club for many years to come. Drafted by the Pirates in the first round of the 2005 draft, McCutchen has played a major role in the team's return to prominence, which has culminated in three...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Stewart agrees to $3 million, 2-year deal with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Catcher Chris Stewart and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $3 million, two-year contract that avoids salary arbitration, a deal that includes a 2018 club option. Stewart will make $1.35 million this year and $1.4 million in 2017 under Tuesday's agreement. The Pirates' option is at $1.5 million with a $250,000 buyout. The 33-year-old hit .289 with eight...
Via Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Off-season Spending and the Curious Overemphasis on the Bullpen

Last week the Pirates wrapped up one of the last formalities of the off-season by settling the contracts of all their arbitration eligible players. There are still a few more weeks left before the team commences with Spring Training. Perhaps GM Neal Huntington will make another addition to the club before then. But in all likelihood the opening day payroll of the club looks to be...
Via Hidden Vigorish
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates avoid arbitration with 6 players, including Melancon

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mark Melancon's All-Star season earned the closer a hefty raise. Melancon and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration on Friday, agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay him $9.65 million in 2016. The 30-year-old led the majors with 51 saves in 2015 as the Pirates won 98 games to earn a wild-card berth for a third straight year. Melancon was in his third and...
Via Associated Press
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates OF Gregory Polanco 'open' to an extension

The Pittsburgh Pirates and right fielder Gregory Polanco still have plenty of time left before they need to come to terms on an agreement for an extension, but since it appears to be a priority for Pittsburgh's front office, Polanco was asked recently about his thoughts on a potential extension with the Bucs."I'm open to it," Polanco said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Whatever...
Via Fox Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Locke and Pirates agree to $3,025,000

PITTSBURGH (AP) Left-hander Jeff Locke and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a one-year contract worth $3,025,000, a raise from $531,000. The 28-year-old, eligible for arbitration for the first time, was 8-11 with a 4.49 ERA in 30 starts last year. Six Pirates remained on track to swap proposed arbitration figures with the team Friday: right-handers Mark Melancon and Jared Hughes...
Via Associated Press
23 days ago  |  Discuss

WWE broadcaster Jim Ross wants to call Pirates games

Any fan of wrestling through the turn of the millenium--or any sibling who had to suffer through playing on the game room TV--recognizes the voice of Jim Ross. The WWE executive/broadcaster has kept busy since leaving the wrestling scene--creating your own barbeque sauce is hard work, people--but it looks as though what Good ol' J.R. really wants is to be behind the mic again.As...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Jim Ross in the Pirates Booth? Yes, Please

You know that thing when someone dubs Jim Ross’ play-by-play over some highlights? Turns out, the Pittsburgh Pirates could have that every night. That’s right, during a Twitter Q&A Saturday, the legendary WWE Hall of Fame broadcaster was asked if he’d ever entertain broadcasting games for the Bucs. I'd relocate to Pittsburgh to broadcast @Pirates baseball.
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Are The Pirates Punting on 2016?

It has been a little more than two months since the Pittsburgh Pirates’ season ended at the hands of Cubs in the Wild Card Game. And we are still about two months away from the start of Spring Training. That puts us at just about the half way point of the offseason. The good news is that still leaves plenty of time for GM Neal Huntington to strengthen the club to make a run at...
Via Hidden Vigorish
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire Jason Rogers from Brewers for Keon Broxton and Trey Supak

The Pirates announced tonight that they’ve acquired corner infielder/outfielder Jason Rogers from the Brewers in exchange for both outfielder Keon Broxton and minor league pitcher Trey Supak. Rogers was fairly impressive in his first expanded run of playing time with the Brewers last year, hitting .296/.367/.441 with six doubles, two triples and four homers, one of which was a...
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruce Rondon got into a brawl in the Venezuelan Winter League

Crazy things tend to happen in Winter League baseball. In the Venezuelan Winter League this weekend, Detroit Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon, playing for Magallanes, got into a brawl with Pirates minor leaguer Jose Osuna, playing for Margarita. It looks like the cause of the brawl was Osuna having an issue with Rondon’s pickoff attempt, which led to some words being exchanged...
Via The Comeback
December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates trade Charlie Morton to the Phillies

In a little bit of a surprising move, the Pirates traded Charlie Morton to the Phillies this morning for minor league pitcher David Whitehead. On some fronts, this move reminds me a bit of the Travis Snider trade in that Morton is clearly a player with some utility to the Pirates in 2016 and Whitehead is a minor leaguer that’s a long ways away from the big leagues, so it’s hard...
December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded, but more along the lines of a “what if” scenario. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective and made up solely of notable names. A player can be deemed...
Via The Sports Post
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

McCutchen receives souvenir from boy he visited in hospital

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is well-regarded in MLB circles for the great works he performs off the field related to his many charitable endeavors. A visit to an ailing boy in the hospital has come around full-circle for McCutchen in a heartwarming way he never could have predicted. McCutchen earlier this year paid a visit to Matt Groeber, a young fan who was...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Rodriguez apologizes about outburst, including to water cooler

On Wednesday night, Pirates utilityman Sean Rodriguez lost his damn mind and attacked a water cooler in the Pirates dugout after a benches clearing almost-fight in the seventh inning. Let’s remember it, shall we? wow, baseball fights are vicious — Mike Tunison (@xmasape) October 8, 2015   On Thursday, Rodriguez apologized for his actions…and...
Via The Outside Corner
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole is now the most important Pirates player

Gerrit Cole might not be the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates — Andrew McCutchen probably still holds that distinction — but over the course of the next 10 days, perhaps no pitcher in the National League, or perhaps in Major League Baseball, will have a greater impact on his team’s season. Cole has slid under the radar of the Cy Young race as Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta...
Via Fangraphs
September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

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