Pirates sign Terdoslavich to Minor League deal

The Pirates added roster depth Wednesday when they signed first baseman and outfielder Joey Terdoslavich to a Minor League contract. The deal included an invitation to big league camp at Spring Training as a non-roster player.
Via Pirates.com
13 hours ago

White Sox, Cory Luebke Agree To Minor League Deal

The White Sox have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Cory Luebke, reports Matt Eddy of Baseball America (on Twitter). Eddy also notes that the Sox have a minors deal with catcher Carson Blair and have re-signed fleet-footed outfielder Jason Bourgeois. The 31-year-old Luebke has undergone two Tommy John surgeries in the past half-decade but made his first big league...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Neftali Feliz Nearing Deal, Possibly With Brewers

Free agent righty Neftali Feliz is close to agreeing to a deal, with the Brewers among the teams competing for his services, Fan Rag’s Jon Heyman tweets.
Via MLB Trade Rumors
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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Avoid Arbitration With Drew Hutchison

The Pirates have avoided arbitration with righty Drew Hutchison, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag tweets. He’s set to earn $2.3MM. That figure comes in just over the $2.2MM salary that MLBTR and contributor Matt Swartz projected Hutchison to take down in his second season of arbitration eligibility. Though Hutchison went through the process last year with the Blue Jays, earning $2.2MM, he...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
6 days ago

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
13 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
14 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
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Ivan Nova Slipped Through the Cracks

The Marlins gave Edinson Volquez two years and $22 million. Now, I know what you might be thinking: The Marlins might have to issue bigger guarantees in order to convince players to join them. But I don’t know that for sure. What I do know for sure is that Volquez turns 34 next summer. Last season he had a worse-than-average ERA, a worse-than-average FIP, and a worse-than-average...
Via Fangraphs
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates Sail Forward With Andrew McCutchen

The Pirates almost traded Andrew McCutchen. That’s all anyone could really think about when McCutchen was present at the Pirates’ annual PirateFest, the Saturday after the end of the winter meetings. Maybe the public never should’ve had any idea in the first place, but teams leak information, and the McCutchen rumors ran rampant. It made the occasion a little awkward, an occasion...
Via Fangraphs
December 15, 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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