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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 hours 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!
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Sign Corey Hart, DFA Preston Guilmet

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of 1B/RF Corey Hart to a one-year deal. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Preston Guilmet has been designated for assignment. Hart is a name familiar to fans of the Pirates, as he spent his first nine seasons in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers. He missed all of 2013 after needing surgery on both knees, one prior to...
Via Pirates Prospects
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

All-Time Indians: Rafael Perez

Name: Rafael Jerome Perez Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 2006-2012 Number: 53     DOB: 05/15/1982 Stats W L W% ERA G Hld SV SVO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (2007) 1 2 .333 1.79 44 12 1 2 60.2 41 12 5 15 62 0.93 .185 Career 21 12 .636 3.64 338 69 3 17 329.0 320 133 26 117 268 1.33 .245 Post Season Career 1 0 1.000 7.71 6 0 0 0 7 10 6 3 3 6 1.86 .323 The position...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Eddie V to KC

If you were holding out hope for Edinson Volquez to come back, it’s time to move on. Volquez agreed to a 2-year, $20 million deal with the Royals on Wednesday, doubling the length and annual money he earned in his one year with the Pirates. It’s a shame that his tenure with the Bucs ended with the awful Wild Card game, but Volquez was an extremely important piece of the 2014...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
2 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?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals sign Edinson Volquez to 2-year deal

In what appears to be the final big move of the off-season, the Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms on what is believed to be a two year deal worth $20 million with right-handed starter, Edinson Volquez. Volquez was with the Pirates last season and had a 13-7 record in 192.2 inning with a […]
Via Pine Tar Press
2 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Regents approve hiring of Tony Sanchez as new head coach at UNLV

  Nevada university regents have approved hiring Bishop Gorman High School's Tony Sanchez as UNLV's new head coach. Sanchez was signed to a four-year contract paying him $500,000 plus bonuses. University officials announced the11-0 vote on Tuesday, days after Sanchez was named to the job by UNLV President Donald Snyder and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy. UNLV becomes one of...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a need for two starting pitchers. They filled those needs with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both join Gerrit Cole to give the Pirates a good trio at the top of the rotation. Charlie Morton is right behind those three, and could be healthy by Opening Day. Finally, they’ll have Jeff Locke and Vance Worley fighting it...
Via Pirates Prospects
4 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Notes: Ray Searage on Cole and Morton; Holdzkom’s Focus, Polanco in Right Field

Over the weekend at PirateFest, several players and Ray Searage met with the media to discuss the upcoming season. Here are some notes from a few of those interviews, starting with a few notes from Searage. **Gerrit Cole was up and down in 2014, but showed flashes of his ace potential, especially in the month of September when he had a 45:6 K/BB ratio to go along with a 2.55 xFIP...
Via Pirates Prospects
5 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!
5 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
6 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?
7 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #191: Francisco Liriano | SP | PIT

There’s very little mystery to Francisco Liriano. He’s an overpowering lefty with a low-to-mid 90s fastball who throws a devastating slider and changeup. In fact, the only mystery might be whether he’s slowed by injury, which is often the case. Take a look at his last four seasons: 2014: Oblique strain 2013: Fractured right forearm 2012: None 2011: Left shoulder inflammation...
Via Baseball Professor
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Frankie Goes to Pittsburgh – Part II

The Pirates made it clear they intended on keeping Francisco Liriano when they extended him a qualifying offer. Today they got their man. The Pirates and Liriano agreed to a new 3 year contract worth $39 million dollars. This was a rare spending splurge for the Pirates. Never before had the franchise spent so much on a free agent. It is a positive sign that the Pirates were willing...
Via Hidden Vigorish
10 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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

UNLV to hire high school coach Tony Sanchez

UNLV is turning to the high school ranks to try fixing their football program. Both Sports Illustrated and the Las Vegas Review Journal report that the Rebels will hire Tony Sanchez as their next head football coach. Sanchez has coached at local powerhouse Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas for the past six seasons,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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