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Pittsburgh Pirates: Top 10 Prospects

1. Tyler Glasnow There isn’t much more to add to Glasnow’s profile that his statistics won’t tell you. He strikes guys out – a lot of guys for that matter. Of the South Atlantic League pitchers that threw 100 or more innings in 2013, he led the circuit with a 13.26 K/9 mark. At the same 100 IP point, he came in 2nd in the FSL in 2014 at 11.36 K/9. However, with the good there...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Re-Sign Andy Vasquez

One of the longest tenured Pittsburgh Pirates players has returned to the organization as a minor league free agent. Andy Vasquez, who signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2006, will return for his ninth season in the farm system. He spent the 2014 season with Altoona, where he hit .268/.304/.463 in 96 games, seeing time at six different positions. Vasquez...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates get a steal in Kang

On Monday there was one of the more interesting and shocking signings to me so far this offseason.  Now, I should not actually say signing, but since reports leaked from the player’s camp I would be shocked if he didn’t sign. In all fairness the event that really happened on Monday was the Pirates of all teams winning the bidding on Jung-Ho Kang for a paltry sum of $5,002,015...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
2 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Where Would Jung-Ho Kang Have Ranked in the 2015 Prospect Guide?

After the news yesterday that the Pittsburgh Pirates won the bidding for the exclusive negotiation rights for Jung-Ho Kang, a thought went through my mind: I’m glad I don’t have to figure out where he fits in the 2015 Prospect Guide. The book went to publishing a week before the news was announced, and was released on Friday. Technically, Kang is prospect eligible. He doesn...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Pirates Could Have Up to Four Starters on Their Bench

Back in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates ran into a horrible situation with their catchers. They used eight catchers in the majors that year, with Michael McKenry getting the most playing time, despite the fact that he was acquired for cash considerations, and was about the fifth or sixth option they went with. Other options included Matt Pagnozzi, Wyatt Toregas, and Dusty Brown, with...
Via Pirates Prospects
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates win bidding for Jung-Ho Kang … wait, what?

Talk about some news coming out of absolutely nowhere…I think everyone was genuinely shocked to learn that the Pirates bid just over $5 million for the rights to negotiate a contract with Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang – the 2014 MVP of the KBO (Korea Baseball Organization). The Pirates and Kang now have 30 days to complete a deal, or else he’ll head back to his current team...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Win Bid For Jung-Ho Kang

Every year, it seems new international talent hits the market for big league teams to pick up. Asia specifically has produced stellar performers. Japanese pitchers Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka are two recent postings that have drastically changed the dynamics of their respective teams. This off-season, a fresh player has entered the stage to begin a life in the big leagues. Jung...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates win bidding for South Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang

About halfway in between North Carolina and Hermitage today, I started seeing some tweets come through that the Pirates won the bidding for Jung-ho Kang, a shortstop from the Korean Baseball Organization. I’ve sort of kept one eye on the whole story of his posting process through the Twitter account of Dan at MyKBO, but it was more out of curiosity than thinking that the Pirates...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Win Bid for Jung-Ho Kang

View image | gettyimages.com According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Pittsburgh Pirates are the winning bidder for Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang. The Pirates' bid for Kang of $5,002,015 was accepted early Saturday morning by his Korea Professional Baseball team, the Nexen Heroes. Kang is the first position player ever...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung-Ho Kang and a Whole Lot of Firsts

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been awarded the winning posting bid for the right to exclusively negotiate with Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang. The posting fee bid from the Pirates is reported to be $5 million. Kang is a 28 year old right-handed hitting shortstop for the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). Kang is a 5-time all-star in the KBO. Last season he put up...
Via Hidden Vigorish
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates win rights to negotiate with South Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have won the rights to negotiate with South Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang. Pittsburgh has a 30-day window to sign the 27-year-old, who hit .354 with 39 homers last season for the Nexen Heroes while being named the MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization. If the Pirates reach an agreement with Kang, the Nexen Heroes would receive the posting fee for Kang...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Placed Winning Bid On Korean Shortstop Jung-Ho Kang

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Pittsburgh Pirates won the bidding for Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang. The amount of the winning bid was reportedly around $5 million, and the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization have accepted it. December 21 I spoke with a former MMO Writer who has since left our merry group to join a newspaper in Philadelphia covering the...
Via Mets Merized Online
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates add right-handed bat Hart, agree to $2.5M, 1-year deal

  First baseman Corey Hart and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract. The deal, which includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses, gives the Pirates a right-handed option at first base to join left-handed slugger Pedro Alvarez, who is moving from third to first. The 32-year-old Hart hit .203 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 68 games for the Seattle...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates add Corey Hart

The last remaining area the Pirates needed to address this winter was the other side of what we assumed would be another first base platoon. The Ike Davis + Gaby Sanchez combination was uninspiring at best, so the 2015 edition will be…different. Pedro Alvarez will of course be the main feature, and as of now it looks like his right handed partner will be Corey Hart. Pirate...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Edinson Volquez signs with the Royals

Ray Searage helped make Edinson Volquez a rich man: Jon Heyman reported this afternoon that the Royals have signed Volquez to a two-year/$20 million deal. I am of two minds about this deal. My first thought is that I’m happy that the Pirates didn’t give this sort of deal to Volquez. I’m relatively certain that his 2014 was a mirage and while I have a lot of confidence in the...
Via WHYGAVS?
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Jameson Taillon aiming to throw off mound in January

The Pittsburgh Pirates head into the off season after a successful 88-win season and an appearance in the National League Wild Card game. At 10th in the Major Leagues in runs scored and eighth in ERA, the Pirates have plenty to build on. One young player who could have an impact at some point next season is pitcher Jameson Taillon, who has made progress following surgery this...
Via Sports Injury Alert
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Frank Coonelly shed some light on Giancarlo Stanton’s contract

This weekend during PirateFest in Pittsburgh, Pirates owner Frank Coonelly had some comments about Giancarlo Stanton’s landmark 13-year, $325 million contract. The numbers involved with the deal blow his mind, and he shared an interesting line of thinking from Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and president David Samson – they firmly expect Stanton to exercise the opt-out in the contract...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Liz, PirateFest, more

It was a busy week for the Pirates – winter meetings, caravan, Piratefest, and a number of moves. One move that came toward the end of the week and may have gone under the radar a bit was the (official) signing of pitcher Radhames Liz. This signing has been rumored for almost a month, but it was originally reported as a two year deal, $3M deal and ended up being just one (money...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates unveil alternate camo jerseys for 2015 season

I thought the camo jersey craze was over. Apparently, it’s not. The Pittsburgh Pirates were hyping up a new alternate jersey for the 2015 season, and they revealed it at PirateFest on Saturday. Of course, it’s a hideous camo jersey that will be worn at all Thursday home games. WHY GOD, WHY?!?!? We're giving away some of our SIGNED camo jerseys all weekend! Just use #PirateFest...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates send Buddy Borden to Tampa Bay to complete Sean Rodriguez trade

#Rays complete S-Rod trade by getting RHP Buddy Borden from #Pirates — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) December 12, 2014 I will admit to knowing almost nothing about Buddy Borden, other than that he was a 2013 draft pick of the Pirates. Borden was, in fact, the Pirates seventh round pick out of UNLV in 2013, and so the first thing that I noticed about him is that even though he...
Via WHYGAVS?
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Has Neal Huntington Found a New Way to Stash Depth Players?

Almost every team runs into a roster crunch at some point. When a roster crunch occurs hard choices have to be made and players with no remaining options are designated for assignment. Often times these are useful players that the team would like to retain. But that is not always possible. If players are useful to your team chances are likely they will be useful to other teams as...
Via Hidden Vigorish
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Francisco Liriano, Pirates Agree To Three-Year, $39M Contract

This embed is invalid" /> Francisco Liriano will remain in the Steel City. Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract, a source told MLB Daily Rumors’ Robert Murray. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman has since confirmed the deal. Liriano spent the last two seasons in Pittsburgh, where he revitalized a career that...
Via NESN.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano re-ups with Pirates for three years

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost catcher Russell Martin earlier this winter to the Blue Jays, but they won’t be losing starting pitcher Francisco Liriano. The club has agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with Liriano that will keep him in the black and gold. Source: Francisco Liriano to the #Pirates on a three-year, $39 million deal. — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) December...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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