PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

So Andrew McCutchen is STAYING!?!

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – So remember that time when Andrew McCutchen reported for spring training in Bradenton, Fla. in February of 2017? It seems like that’s what’s going to happen. As he departed the winter meetings Thursday, Pirates GM Neal Huntington said the probability McCutchen remains with the club has increased .. that the intent is to “hold” McCutchen. While the...
Via Bucco Blog
47 minutes ago

Bucs to get back to run prevention in 2017

The foundation of the Pirates' success from 2013-15 was their pitching and defense. Pittsburgh's resurgence was built upon run prevention, and this offseason will be, too.
Via Pirates.com
16 hours ago

Bucs could turn to Nicasio in setup role

If the Pirates don't add a late-inning arm between setup man Felipe Rivero and closer Tony Watson, Juan Nicasio could fill the setup role.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Winter meetings day 3

By Rob Biertempfel NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — During a discussion this morning about the Pirates’ quest for pitching help, it was noted that the Diamondbacks have a stable of young, controllable arms. Some of them are coming off rough seasons, but still have upside — the kind of pitchers that often pings the Pirates’ radar. However, there could be a couple of roadblocks to the...
Via Bucco Blog
1 day ago

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
2 days ago  |  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
4 days ago  |  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
5 days ago  |  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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates designate pitcher Jeff Locke for assignment

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates are done waiting to see if pitcher Jeff Locke can return to the form that made him an All-Star in 2013. The Pirates designated Locke for assignment on Tuesday to make room on the 40-man roster for minor league pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla. The 29-year-old Locke was an unlikely All-Star in 2013 when he began the season 9-2 with a 2.11 ERA....
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Assembling a Free Agent Lineup: Sean Rodriguez

We’ve reached our first real obstacle in this lineup-building exercise: second base. Sunday, Wilson Ramos emerged as our man behind the plate. Monday, Mike Napoli was chosen to man first base (and perhaps DH a little). Tuesday, we present a tire fire. Or in other words, arguably our only option. Don’t get me wrong, Sean Rodriguez built up his value with a career year in 2016...
Via The Sports Post
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Postings: Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Informatics Internships

To be clear, there are two positions here. Position: Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Informatics Internship Location: PittsburghDescription: This position consists of a variety of data and analytical tasks within the Baseball Operations department. Under the direction of the Baseball Informatics group, this position is responsible for the daily operation of several processes and various...
Via Fangraphs
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jeremy Hellickson unlikely to accept qualifying offer

Jeremy Hellickson appears poised to test the free agent waters. According to a report from Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman, Hellickson is unlikely to accept a qualifying offer from the Philadelphia Phillies. The 29-year-old pitcher received a qualifying offer from Philadelphia this week for $17.2 million. If he declines it, the Phillies would receive a compensatory draft pick. Hellickson...
Via Larry Brown Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss
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