Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

Corey Hart Reaches Deal With Pirates

Dec 22, 2014 8:18 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with Corey Hart.

The deal, which includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses, gives the Pirates a right-handed option at first base.

Hart, 32, hit .203 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 68 games for the Seattle Mariners in 2014.

Associated Press

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Pirates Were Finalists For Brandon McCarthy

Dec 12, 2014 8:53 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the finalists to sign free-agent Brandon McCarthy.

McCarthy ended up signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tom Singer/MLB

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Pirates, Walker Have Discussed Extension

Dec 11, 2014 8:42 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have taken steps towards reopening talks with Neil Walker on a contract extension.

The club recently spoke with Walker's camp about working toward a deal, according to sources.

There are no active negotiations and the two sides appear to be far apart in terms of financial figures.

"We would love nothing more than to have Neil Walker end his career as a Pirate," Neal Huntington said. "We understand he's a really good player. We understand the local implications and the local ties he has.

"There are two parties to a trade negotiation, a free agent negotiation, a contract extension. Sometimes those two parties find a common ground and a deal is struck. Sometimes they don't. If we get to that point, and hopefully we will, then we'll have an extension announcement for Neil. If not, we'll continue to do what we do behind the scenes and leave it at that."

Rob Biertempfel/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Pirates Get Antonio Bastardo From Phillies

Dec 10, 2014 7:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Philadelphia will receive minor league left-hander Joely Rodriguez in return.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Pirates, Liriano Agree To $39M Contract

Dec 9, 2014 7:39 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with Francisco Liriano, according to sources.

Liriano has spent the past two seasons with the Pirates.

The 31-year-old went 7-10 with a 3.38 ERA last season. In 2013, he posted a career best in victories, finishing with a 16-8 record and a 3.02 ERA.


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Rays Trade Sean Rodriguez To Pirates

Dec 1, 2014 4:34 PM

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later and cash.

Rodriguez was designated for assignment by the Rays last week.

The 29-year-old, who is eligible for salary arbitration, hit .211 in 237 at-bats and set career bests with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs for the Rays last season.


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Pirates Could Increase Payroll Past $90M

Nov 28, 2014 8:38 AM

Frank Coonelly, the president for the Pittsburgh Pirates, says the club is likely to increase their payroll heading into the 2015 season.

The Pirates "certainly can and I suspect will" top $90 million in payroll for 2015, according to the executive.

Pittsburgh's 40-man payroll for 2014 was around $82 million.


Dejan Kovacevic/DK On Pittsburgh Sports

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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A's Acquire Ike Davis From Pirates

Nov 23, 2014 6:28 PM

The A's have filled their second key position in five days, acquiring first baseman Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from the Pirates in exchange for international bonus slot 27, according to an ESPN.com report on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Davis began last season with the Mets and batted .208 with a home run and five RBIs in 12 games before Pittsburgh acquired him for pitchers Zack Thornton and Blake Taylor.

A left-handed hitter, Davis then batted .235 in 131 games for the Pirates, finishing 2014 with a .233 overall batting average and 11 homers and 51 RBIs in 143 games.


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Pirates Designate Ike Davis For Assignment

Nov 20, 2014 8:57 PM

Ike Davis has been designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The club added Jameson Taillon to the 40-man roster.

Davis hit .235 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 131 games with the Pirates after being acquired in an April trade from the New York Mets.

Associated Press

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Mariners Made Strong Push For Russell Martin

Nov 19, 2014 4:27 PM

The Seattle Mariners were among the finalists to sign Russell Martin, who eventually agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Seattle has a catcher in 23-year-old Mike Zunino, but they are looking for right-handed hitting and Zunino just finished his first full Major League season.

Anthony Castrovince/MLB

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Jays Agree Upon Five-Year $82M Deal With Russell Martin
The Blue Jays have agreed upon a five-year deal with Russell Martin.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Cubs Appear To Be Front-Runners For Martin
Russell Martin could receive a deal in the four-year, $64 million range on the open market.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Burnett Agree To One-Year Deal With Pirates
The value of the contract is $4.25 million less than the option he turned down with the Phillies for next season.

Associated Press

Yankees Trade Cervelli To Pirates For Wilson
Justin Wilson, 27, was 3-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 70 appearances for the Pirates this past season but struck out 61 batters in 60 innings.

Wallace Matthews/ESPN

Russell Martin To Decline Qualifying Offer
Russell Martin will officially reject the Pittsburgh's qualifying offer for 2015 by Monday's deadline.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Russell Martin To Meet With Four Teams
Martin is drawing interest from the Cubs, Dodgers, Pirates and Blue Jays.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Brad Fischer Joins Pirates' Coaching Staff
The Pirates have announced that Brad Fischer has joined the team's coaching staff for the 2015 season.

Press Release

Major Individual Award Finalists Announced
The BWAA has revealed the top three finalists for the American League and National League for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player.


Pirates Acquire Justin Sellers From Indians For Cash
The Pirates have acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Indians for cash considerations.

Press Release

Rangers Want Manager In Mold Of Francona, Hurdle
Texas is expected to reduce their list of candidates to three names this week.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Clint Hurdle Has Hip Surgery
Hurdle, 57, spent most of the 2014 season dealing with arthritis in the hip, which made walking painful.

Associated Press

Crawford's Playoff Grand Slam Is First By Shortstop
The Giants went on to win 8-0 as Madison Bumgarner shutdown the Pittsburgh offense.

Paul Casella/MLB

Bumgarner Pitches Giants To NL Wild-Card Victory
The Giants will now face the Nationals in the best-of-five NLDS beginning Friday.


Giants To Start Madison Bumgarner In Wild Card game
Madison Bumgarner will start for the ZGiants in this Wednesday's Wild Card playoff game.


Pirates Willing To Stretch Payroll To Retain Martin
The Pirates have a philosophy of not allocating more than 18 percent of their payroll to one player, but may rethink the strategy with Russell Martin headed to free agency.

Travis Sawchick/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pirates Would 'Love' To Re-Sign Martin
The Pirates will try to re-sign Russell Martin this offseason, according to Neal Huntington.

Travis Sawchik/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Royals Claim Jayson Nix Off Waivers
Nix hit .133 in 34 games this season with the Pirates and Phillies.

Associated Press

McCutchen Leaves Early With Rib Discomfort
Andrew McCutchen spent 15 days on the disabled list with fractured rib cartilage earlier this month.


Mets Have Waiver Options For Colon
The Mets reportedly placed Bartolo Colon on waivers this past weekend, opening the door for a potential move.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Pirates Demote Struggling Polanco
Gregory Polanco made his major league debut on June 10, but has slumped since the All-Star break.

Associated Press