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PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

The clock is ticking for Vanimal

Vance Worley probably doesn’t have much time left in the Pirates’ rotation. Between the rumors that the Pirates are interested in acquiring a starter and Gerrit Cole’s recovery from his lat problem, it’s hard to imagine Worley’s got more than a couple of starts left as a Pirate. Tonight, he’ll face off against Josh Beckett in Beckett’s first start since July 6th, as...
Via WHYGAVS?
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Michael Martinez- Historically Horrible

Fear not Phans, Michael Martinez is back, but this time with the Pirates (Phucco!).  His shortcomings were lamented on WSBGMs aplenty when he played for the Phillies, so why stop now?  You know we love to beat a dead horse.Since 1901, 4439 batters (non-pitchers), have been to the plate 400+ times (Martinez currently at 407 plate apperances).  He ranks 4427th with a .185 batting...
Via We Should Be GM's
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Pittsburgh scouting Phillies' A.J. Burnett

According to Matt Gelb of Philly.com, the Pittsburgh Pirates may have interest in a reunion with veteran starter A.J. Burnett.#452157362 / gettyimages.comThe 37-year-old Burnett told the Pirates after the 2013 season that he would either retire or return to play another year with the Bucs. Things clearly didn't go according to plan, however, as Burnett accepted a more lucrative...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole

The Pittsburgh Pirates improved to 52-46 on the season, following a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Neil Walker lead a 12-hit attack, going 3-for-4 win an RBI and two runs scored. Three other Pirates each had two hits. There was good news on the injury front, as Starling Marte appeared as a pinch hitter after missing the previous game after being hit in the head...
Via MLB Injury News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte out of lineup Saturday

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Colorado Rockies in 11 innings on Saturday by the score of 3-2. Jordy Mercer's RBI double won the game to improved the Pirates to 51-46, third in the National League Central. The Pirates were without left fielder Starling Marte after being hit in the head by a pitch on Friday. Josh Harrison started in place of Marte and went 0-for-4 with...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mercer salvages Pirates win against Rockies

Fireworks nights force post-game news conferences into manager Clint Hurdle's office rather than the conference room down the concourse. That meant that Saturday night, Hurdle's phone kept beeping in his meeting with the media. "Sounds like there's some Pirate fans," he said. A second consecutive comeback victory, this one a walk-off in extra innings, will...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The second half climb continues

Last night was a nice win for the Pirates, in the way that it’s always nice when a good team finds a way to beat a bad team. The Pirates probably played closer to poor than they did to well, but Francisco Liriano pulled himself together after two rough innings and the Pirates’ offense strung some hits together against the Rockies’ bullpen, and the Pirates got a win. Liriano’s...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates 4, Rockies 2

On a night when they played some horrendous infield defense, saw their MVP blow a golden late inning opportunity, and had only scored on a misplay in the OF and a bases-loaded HBP directly in the head, an unlikely hero stepped up to win this one for the Bucs; Travis Snider. Snider has this new reputation as the go-to pinch-hitter. I’m not sure if I totally buy that – coming...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates second half preview: It won’t be easy, but it is possible

For as maddening as the first 95 games of the Pirates’ 2014 season has been, there’s one thought that keeps cropping up in my head: This Pirate team is really close to being really, really good.  With no disrespect meant to the 2013 Pirates, almost everything that happened last year felt a little bit like catching lightning in a bottle. Make no mistake: that was a good Pirate...
Via WHYGAVS?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How Far Can the Pirates Go Without an Ace?

Early this month I wrote a post discussing some of the aces that are potentially on the market as the Pirates approach the trade deadline. I was adamant that the Pirates will not be serious contenders if they do not acquire an ace starting pitcher. A few days after my post was published Tim Williams of PiratesProspects.com wrote an opposing view point in a post titled, “The Pirates...
Via Hidden Vigorish
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: The bullpen edition

Huston StreetThe Pittsburgh Pirates are in the thick of a race for the National League Central, but the bullpen could be the deciding factor on whether the Buccos repeat last season’s magic or not. Repeating last season’s performance will be difficult for Pittsburgh, especially with four teams being in on the race this year, but if they strengthen a sometimes shaky “Shark Tank”...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

What Could a Top Starter Mean for the Pirates?

I’ve been adamant lately that the Pirates should trade for a big name pitcher like David Price.  I’ll mention again that this is highly, highly unlikely.  Nonetheless, what could this mean for the Pirates?  What could a guy like David Price bring to the team? We must first determine Price’s value in the second half of the season.  He’s made an incredible 20 starts so...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates rumors: Josh Bell addition

Josh Bell (Photo Credit: KDKA) The Chicago Cubs were in Bradenton, Florida last week scouting Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell, who is ranked No. 59 on the MLB’s Top 100 Prospect List. With the trio of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco, the Pirates outfield seems to be set for several years. This is why Bell may be trade bait as the Pirates make...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Pittsburgh looking for bullpen help

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had their bright spots in their bullpen this year. Mark Melancon and Tony Watson have exceeded expectations so far this year, but the rest of the 'pen has been a bit of a roller-coaster.The Pirates are 48-45 and only 3.5 games up in a four way race for the National League Central. The Milwaukee Brewers are struggling, and the St. Louis Cardinals and...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Josh Harrison beats rundown with crazy baserunning

Here is a GIF of the botched rundown/blown call by the umpires #Mets http://t.co/gQ9NFbDI3t — #ImWithTowels (@MetsKevin11) June 28, 2014 Pirates outfielder Josh Harrison is one hell of a baserunner. On Friday’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets, Harrison displayed one of the most amazing base running plays you’ll ever see. In the 10th inning of a tie game...
Via The Sideline
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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