PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Nats, Bucs strike deal for prospect Bostick

The Nationals and Pirates have agreed on a deal that will send infielder Chris Bostick to Pittsburgh in exchange for catcher Taylor Gushue and cash considerations.
Via Pirates.com
3 hours ago

Monday Mop-up Duty: The Nova alternative? Make the Pirates’ bullpen great again

SOUTH HILLS – So the Pirates have made, and perhaps will continue to make, an attempt at signing Ivan Nova to a multi-year contract. Nova would likely continue to perform better in the NL and PNC Park and away from the bandboxes of the AL East. (Though Nova has not made an adjustment like that of J.A. Happ – with pitch mix and delivery – that suggests he’s going to become...
Via Bucco Blog
10 hours ago

Pirates have their work cut out against Cubs

PITTSBURGH -- Neal Huntington was asked on his weekly radio show Sunday whether the Pittsburgh Pirates might want to scale their hopes back this season from making the playoffs to simply finishing with a winning record. The team's general manager hedged big-time, declining to buy into such a change in scope, although he did begin to talk about the offseason in a way that suggested...
Via FOX Sports
18 hours ago

Pirates fall again, playoff hopes dim with loss to Nats

PITTSBURGH (AP) A season that's spiraled away from the Pittsburgh Pirates spilled into frustration Sunday. On the edge of elimination from the playoff race with a 10-7 loss to Washington, the Pirates got into a bench-clearing skirmish after Nationals star Bryce Harper injured his left thumb trying to avoid a fake tag by third baseman Jung Ho Kang. The Pirates are five games behind...
Via Associated Press
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Hope To Re-Sign Sean Rodriguez

It didn’t take much last winter for the Pirates to re-sign utilityman Sean Rodriguez, who inked a one-year, $2.5MM contract after a poor season. Considering Rodriguez has drastically improved his output this year, Pittsburgh won’t be able to bring him back during the offseason at such a low cost, which general manager Neal Huntington knows. “We’d love to have Sean remain...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Nats, Pirates get into it after fake tag leads to Harper injury

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates found themselves at odds on Sunday after a fake tag potentially led to a hand injury for Bryce Harper. It started when Harper tripled down the right field line and hurt his left wrist on the slide. The slide wasn’t necessary as the throw badly missed the cutoff men and the baseball wasn’t anywhere near third, but Pirates third...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

So you’re saying there’s a chance: Pittsburgh Pirates

With a 0.1 percent chance of making the postseason, per Fangraphs, the Pittsburgh Pirates season hasn’t lived up to the expectations that the team had in the preseason. While they are virtually eliminated at four-and-a-half games back, they aren’t completely out of it until their odds hit zero percent. While incredibly unlikely to happen, the […] The post So you’re saying...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Sloppy play hurts as Pirates fall back to .500

What felt inevitable all spring and summer had to wait a little longer Saturday night. With a magic number of two, the Nationals needed a win and a Mets loss to become National League East champions for the third time in five years. The Nats took care of their part, beating the Pirates, 6-1, at PNC Park to advance to the postseason.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Glasnow hopes to take 'pen lessons into rotation

Tyler Glasnow did his time in the bullpen. Now he's moving back into the Pirates' rotation. The Pirates' top prospect will start Sunday's series finale against the Nationals at PNC Park, replacing left-hander Steven Brault, in his first big league start since July 23. Pittsburgh hopes that Glasnow's brief stint as a reliever will serve him well as he returns to a starting role. Brault...
Via Pirates.com
2 days ago

Pittsburgh Pirates: Final nine games; postseason?

The Pittsburgh Pirates need a miracle, but it’s possible to still achieve a playoff berth. Pittsburgh is on the outside looking in and has nine games to prove that they still belong in the NL Wild Card race. Two games today and tomorrow against Washington will be vital. Pittsburgh needs to finish off the series with a sweep and remain alive in the race. Pittsburgh needs help from...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Stallings' pinch single in 11th lifts Pirates over Nats 6-5

PITTSBURGH (AP) Rookie Jacob Stallings' pinch-hit single in the 11th inning lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates over Washington 6-5 on Friday night, preventing the Nationals from clinching a postseason berth. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out against Yusmiero Petit (3-5) when Francisco Cervelli doubled, Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked and Pedro Florimon walked. Sean...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Polanco leaves game after crashing into fence

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates left fielder Gregory Polanco left Friday night's game after he crashed into the left-field fence while chasing a first-inning double by Washington's Bryce Harper. Polanco stayed down on the ground for a few minutes then was removed after being examined by team trainers. Adam Frazier moved from second base to replace Polanco, and Alen Hanson took over at...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Aggressive In Extension Talks With Ivan Nova

The Pirates are “aggressively trying” to come to agreement with righty Ivan Nova on an extension that would keep him out of free agency, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Twitter links). We learned recently that Pittsburgh had opened dialogue with the 29-year-old. Things do not seem to be progressing quite as smoothly as the Bucs might have hoped...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago

Gerrit Cole shut down for season by Pirates

Cole World has now indeed become The Sideline Story. Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced on Tuesday that the team is shutting down right-hander Gerrit Cole for the remainder of the season, per Adam Berry of MLB.com. Pirates are shutting down Gerrit Cole for the rest of the season, GM Neal Huntington says. — Adam Berry (@adamdberry) September 13, 2016...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates are walking a plank of their own making

It's more than safe to say that 2016 has not played out to plan for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Coming into the year, they were billed as part of a three-headed National League Central monster along with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. But now in mid-September, they're already eliminated from contention in the NL Central and have drifted to a distant six games out of the wild...
Via Yardbarker
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Williams gives his dad the game ball after first MLB win

Trevor Williams pitched two scoreless innings in relief in his MLB debut Wednesday as his Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3, but his biggest highlight may have come after the win. With his impressive debut, Williams received the game ball after the Pirates got a rare win against the Cardinals. But instead of holding onto the ball as a keepsake, Williams went...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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