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PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

First Pitch: Why Has This Been a Quiet Off-Season For the Pirates?

In baseball, a slow off-season is the norm. The off-season is called the hot stove season because it resembles water heating up. You turn on the burners, then you wait. And you wait. Then you see a few bubbles. Then suddenly, the water is boiling and you’re ready to go. It feels like the Pirates have had a slow off-season thus far. No, it hasn’t been slow in the sense that...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Yhonathan Barrios Among Notable Rule 5 Players Available

J.J. Cooper at Baseball America put together a list of the notable players available in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. No Pittsburgh Pirates players were among the top ten players available, but two got mentioned as notable options. Jose Tabata got mentioned based solely on his contract, while Yhonathan Barrios was among the hardest throwing pitchers that weren’t protected. Cooper...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Release Catcher Ramon Cabrera

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released catcher Ramon Cabrera. He was one of the players dropped from the 40-man roster on Thursday to make room for others that needed to be protected from the Rule V draft. Cabrera was picked up in August as a waiver claim from the Detroit Tigers and hit .239/.286/.413 in 12 games with Altoona. It was his second go around in the system. He was originally...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Deal Ike Davis to the A’s

According to several media reports, the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded Ike Davis and an international bonus slot (no.86) to the Oakland Athletics for another international bonus slot (no.27). The move comes several days after the Pirates designated Davis for assignment to make room for star prospect, Jameson Taillon ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Davis, formerly of the New York Mets...
Via On-Base Talk
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Acquire Ike Davis from the Pirates

Continuing their search for bats, the Oakland Athletics have acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international slot money. As A’s insider Susan Slusser indicates, it’s purely a depth move from the A’s standpoint. A source tells me the #Athletics have acquired Ike Davis from the #Pirates for international slot money. It's strictly...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates agree to 2-year, $3-million deal with Radhames Liz

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Radhames Liz to a two-year, $3-million major-league deal to expand their pitching staff. Radhames Liz gets a 2-year, $3M major-league deal from the #Pirates, as first reported by @mykbo. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) November 21, 2014 Liz was once respected as a top pitching prospect when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles...
Via On-Base Talk
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ike, Ike, Baby… Pirates DFA Davis

The Pittsburgh Pirates designated former Mets first basemen Ike Davis for assignment yesterday.  Pirates GM Neal Huntington told reporters, “As we sit here right now, we’ve essentially committed to Pedro over Ike Davis”. The organization feels the position must be cleared for resident third basemen Pedro Alvarez, who packs an outstanding power bat, but lacks the defensive...
Via Mets Merized Online
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Roster moving day

Behold, the new and…uh, not improved Pirates 40-man roster: The #Pirates 40-man roster now contains 40 players (20 pitchers, 4 catchers, 9 infielders and 7 outfielders). pic.twitter.com/hy6WDZApRO — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 21, 2014 The list changed quite a bit on Wednesday, as it was the deadline to protect Rule-5 draft eligible prospects by adding them to the...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates DFA Ike Davis and fill out 40-man roster for Rule 5 deadline, plus Radhames Liz and Pedro Florimon

The Pirates have been awfully busy over the last 24 hours whereas I have not been particularly busy on the blogging front, so I’ve got some catching up to do. Let’s start with the moves the club made tonight to shore up their 40-man roster in anticipation of the midnight deadline to protect eligible players from this year’s Rule 5 draft. The Pirates added Jameson Taillon,...
Via WHYGAVS?
6 days ago  |  Discuss

On A.J. Burnett Going To The Pirates

A.J. Burnett didn’t have the best time in his one-year stint with the Phillies. After a start on April 11 against the Marlins, he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia–or, in other words, a part of his abdomen was bulging or protruding where it should not have been. The injury is not the type to fix itself with rest, and Burnett elected to pitch through the pain, rather than...
Via Phillies Nation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Farewell and thank you, Russell Martin

Now that it’s more or less official that Russell Martin won’t be a Pirate in 2015, I have some mixed feelings. I don’t know how much money the Pirates offered Martin and I suspect that we won’t really know for sure (their negotiations with starting pitchers will be much more difficult if agents know how much they were willing to spend on Martin) for a while, but from my perspective...
Via WHYGAVS?
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Commit to Playoff Race, Sign Russell Martin

This past year, as a regular for the Pirates, Russell Martin was worth 5.3 WAR, according to our data. Here’s the list of Blue Jays catchers who’ve had five-win seasons: (1) The year before, also with the Pirates, Martin was worth 4.1 WAR. Here’s the list of Blue Jays catchers who’ve had four-win seasons: (1) […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign Russell Martin to five-year deal

About an hour after I named Russell Martin one of the bargains of this free agent crop, the Blue Jays removed him from the pile, signing him to a five year, $82.5 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal. This was slightly higher than the 5/$75M I’d guessed in my predictions, and quite a bit higher […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

GM Neal Huntington Not Wasting Time This Offseason

We are barely two weeks into the MLB Hot Stove Season and Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington has already pulled the trigger on two major moves. On November 12th the Pirates acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees in exchange for pitcher Justin Wilson. Cervelli and backup catcher Chris Stewart make for a decent tandem that should give the Pirates at least a competent...
Via Hidden Vigorish
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Reunite with A.J. Burnett

Over the last few years, the Pirates have developed a bit of a reputation for being exceptional at extracting value from discarded pitchers: Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, and Mark Melancon are three of the more recent examples, for instance. However, before any of those three got to Pittsburgh, the Pirates worked their voodoo on A.J. […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen finishes third in NL MVP voting, Josh Harrison ninth, Russell Martin 13th

Baseball’s award season officially culminated in the MVP Awards tonight, and for the second time in three years, Andrew McCutchen finished third in the balloting. Of course, he won the award in the season he didn’t finish third, so he’s on a pretty solid run. Clayton Kershaw won the award, which shouldn’t have come as a surprise, and Giancarlo Stanton finished second. Josh...
Via WHYGAVS?
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Trade Francisco Cervelli To Pirates For Reliever Justin Wilson

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the New York Yankees in exchange for reliever Justin Wilson. Mainly a backup with the Yankees, the 28-year-old Cervelli batted .301 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 49 games last season. The Pirates could have an opening at catcher if they are unable to re-sign Russell Martin, a free agent who declined...
Via NESN.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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